Johns Hopkins Book Award

<Updated 3.24.2020>

If you have submitted a request for the Johns Hopkins Book Award to be presented at your school in Spring 2020, please note:

Although Johns Hopkins University remains open during the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of Alumni Relations is among its offices working remotely

Therefore, we are unable to send the book, bookplate, and recommended presentation remarks to you at this time. We are, however, emailing a sample of the bookplate and the remarks to schools.

If your awards presentation has been canceled or postponed, please email us at to let us know if you will continue with your award program for this school year. We can send the book and other items to you once our office reopens.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

About the Award

The Johns Hopkins Book Award is a prestigious award offered yearly to an exceptional junior at each of the participating secondary schools.

The award celebrates the spirit of Johns Hopkins University, whose alumni populate the upper echelons of many disciplines, including literature, the arts, medicine, the sciences, international affairs, the social sciences, and engineering.

The Johns Hopkins Book Award Program is administered on behalf of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association by its local communities, which serve as the primary point of contact for participating or interested high schools. To that end, a local alumnus/alumna must partner with the school in the request process and also in the presentation of the award.

While the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association considers this award to be an honor, receipt of it should in no way be construed by its recipient as any indication of likelihood of admission to Johns Hopkins University should he or she choose to apply.

Award Criteria

This award is for the junior in each participating high school who best exhibits the qualities and characteristics that form the core of the Johns Hopkins ethic:

  1. A demonstrated desire for intellectual and moral growth
  2. An uncommon interest in, and capacity for, independent and original scholarship
  3. The strength of character necessary to employ the results of their scholarship for the betterment of society

A student must plainly exhibit all three of these characteristics to be granted the award.

Award Book for 2020

The awardee receives a book from the Johns Hopkins University Press, the oldest university publisher in North America.

The book offered will be So the Story Goes: Twenty-Five Years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series, edited by John T. Irwin and Jean McGarry.

imagebrowser imageSo the Story Goes: Twenty-Five Years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series
edited by John T. Irwin and Jean McGarry

So the Story Goes gathers the best short fiction of the series, works exhibiting wit, elegance, and wisdom. Writing about a wide variety of subjects and in a multitude of styles, the twenty writers collected in this book share a mastery of language and an extraordinary ability to entertain. Read more…

"The stories are written with a high literary competence, some are virtuoso performances."Baltimore Sun


Once your school has been selected for the award, please fill out and submit this form at least three weeks prior to award presentation.

To sponsor awards for schools in your region, or for further details concerning this awards program, please contact your local region of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association or the Office of Alumni Relations.

Find the chapter nearest you.

Office of Alumni Relations