The Harvard Book Prize is awarded to outstanding students in the next-to-graduating class selected by the Executive Board of the Harvard Club of Ghana, based on academic excellence, exceptional personal qualities, significant contribution to school or community and a written response to an essay prompt. Each winner receives a personally inscribed copy of “The Harvard Book”, an anthology of essays written by Harvard alumni spanning three centuries.
Since 1910, the Harvard Book Prize has been an important way for Harvard Club members to help attract talented young people to Harvard and the opportunities in Cambridge. Harvard Book Prize books are presented annually in more than 1,900 high schools around the world and are made available through generous donations from individual Harvard Club members. Harvard Prize Books are awarded without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or political beliefs. Through the Harvard Book Prize program, we, at the Harvard Club of Ghana hope to raise the visibility of Harvard University among local secondary schools in Ghana, and to encourage outstanding students throughout Ghana to consider applying to Harvard
"As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes increasingly sophisticated, distinguishing between what is real and what is generated by AI has become more challenging. Reflect on a personal experience where you or someone you know was directly impacted by AI, particularly in a situation that blurred the lines between reality and artificiality. Discuss the implications of this experience on your understanding of truth and authenticity in the digital age. What did this experience teach you about the possible role of young people in helping society navigate these challenges?"
Note: You are welcome to use AI / GPT as a starting point or editor for your responses. However, the successful Prize Book awardees will be creative in demonstrating their capacity to express their own thoughts and their own voice, using technology as an aid.
Please submit an essay, no more than 250 words, responding to the above prompt. Your essay may be either written (PDF, MS Word or other Text File) or recorded on video (MP4 preferred <25MB).
Please complete this form with your complete application materials no later than March 22, 2024. Application materials must include: