Ham4Progress Award

Ham4Progress Award for Educational Advancement

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to partner with Hamilton on the Ham4Progress Award for Educational Advancement. The award supports college-bound high school students from communities that directly experience the consequences of injustice and discrimination.

This award will provide up to ten Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, and Asian or Pacific Islander students $2,500 for educational purposes in 2021. The $2,500 award must be used toward educational purposes, which may include

  • Test preparation courses
  • Tutoring
  • College visits
  • Technology, including laptops, tablets, or other electronic devices used for learning


The award is open to college-bound students currently enrolled in grade 11 in the 50 United States and District of Columbia. Students will be subject to the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, Asian, or Pacific Islander
  • Be a college-bound high school junior
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be enrolled in a school that is registered as a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia

Application Information

The application deadline for the award was June 30, 2021. Students submitted the following in the application:

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher. Teachers answer the following prompts in their letter:
    • How long have you known the student and in what capacity?
    • Explain what qualifies the student for this award. Please provide specific examples.
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Personal statement of 350–500 words describing what the student is doing to further racial justice and why it is an important issue for the student to address. Students should also explain how they exemplify Alexander Hamilton’s qualities of the pursuit of knowledge, both inside and outside of the classroom as well as his qualities of resilience, hard work, and initiative. In addition, a short explanation of how the funds will be used for educational advancement is required.

The deadline to submit an application was June 30, 2021. Applications are being reviewed by a selection committee using the criteria outlined in the Award Rubric in the Official Rules. Winners will be notified by October 4, 2021, and will be asked to submit any required materials by November 1, 2021.

Students should review the Official Rules for the award before applying.

Important Calendar Dates

  • June 30, 2021: Deadline to submit the application
  • October 4, 2021: Winners notified
  • November 1, 2021: Required award paperwork due (winners only)

If you have any questions, please email hamilton@gilderlehrman.org