Area high school students who have worked to improve race relations in their communities this year are invited to apply for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, which will award $1,000 to one local student.

This is the third year that Princeton alumni will look to honor a Philadelphia-area student who has built bridges, so to speak, within his or her community. The contest is open to high school students in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties who have volunteered their time to advance race relations in 2007.

"A group of interested alumni and administrators felt very strongly that there ought to be a way to recognize this kind of work, and foster this kind of leadership in young people," said Rebecca Ayars, member of the committee of Princeton alumni that will select the winner. The prize, organized and funded by Princeton alumni, started five years ago in Boston and Washington D.C., and has expanded to 21 metropolitan locations this year.

The application must be completed by the student and a non-related adult (teacher, religious leader, etc.) and submitted by January 31, 2008. For more information or an application, visit, or call 610.765.6810.