The Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement

Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM) will bestow the Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement on a select number of high school juniors (class of 2020) in the United States in Spring 2019.

About the Bassett Award

The Yale Bassett Award honors the legacy of Ebenezer Bassett (1833-1908). Born into a Native American (Schaghticoke) and African American family nearly two hundred years ago, Ebenezer Bassett excelled at the Connecticut Normal School (now Central Connecticut State) and at Yale, where he pursued courses in mathematics and classics in the 1850s. Bassett subsequently became an influential educator, an abolitionist, and a public servant with a national and international vision. He was named consul general to Haiti and chargé d’affaires to the Dominican Republic; he gained a hemispheric understanding of racial politics; and he served as Haiti’s consul in New York City.

Yale Bassett Award winners will demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be limited to, race and racism. Students with non-traditional leadership experiences or significant work experiences are also encouraged to apply. 

Winners will receive a book selected by the faculty of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and, they will be invited to a gathering on Yale’s campus, hosted by the Center, in October 2018.

apply for the bassett award for community engagement

To be considered for the Yale Bassett Award, interested high school students in the class of 2019 must complete an application that will include an account of their relevant experiences and aspirations, academic record, extracurricular commitments and leadership positions. Students will also be asked to identify a teacher, mentor, coach, religious leader, community-based non-profit leader, or community member who can provide them a letter of recommendation.

The 2018 application is now closed. Current high school sophomores based in the U.S. may check back in Fall 2018 to learn more about the 2019 competition.

nominate a student for the bassett award for community engagement

School counselors, high school teachers and administrators, Yale alumni, community members, and others are encouraged to nominate outstanding students. The  2018 process is now closed. The nomination form for the 2019 competition will be added to this site in Fall 2018.

    Questions about the Bassett Award can be directed to ritm@yale.edu.