Saint Michael's College Book Award

This year’s book is the autobiography First They Killed My Father, written by Saint Michael’s alumna Loung Ung ’93.

The Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement & Social Conscience is awarded each year to high school juniors throughout the United States as well as internationally. The Book Award recognizes students’ academic success and exemplary community service involvement. Their accomplishments embody St. Mike’s commitment to intellectual achievement, social justice and concern for others. These values began with our founding order, the Society of Saint Edmund, and continue to be a guiding principle for our students.

This year’s book is First They Killed My Father, written by Loung Ung. Ung, a ‘93 graduate of Saint Michael’s College, is a writer, human rights activist, and national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World. “First They Killed My Father” was released as a Netflix original film in 2017 and was directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt.

If you are a school:

Schools interested in nominating current high school juniors for the Book Award should contact us ( for full details about the online nomination process. The nomination process typically opens up in January of a student’s junior year and closes once the school year ends. For students who will be graduating in 2021, we are keeping the nomination form open until September 25, 2020.

If you are a Book Award recipient:

Congratulations! You were chosen to receive the Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement & Social Conscience by your high school because you embody values held in high regard at St. Mike’s. To be considered for the Book Award Scholarship, you must submit your Common App to Saint Michael’s College before either our November 1 or December 1 application deadline. This is a renewable, four year scholarship ranging from $16,000 to full tuition.

Last summer’s Book Award recipients hard at work on the St. Mike’s Farm! See below for this summer’s virtual service opportunity.

Saint Michael’s College Book Award Scholarship Recipient Events

We will be offering a variety of events for recipients of the book award this year. You are also welcome to join us for any of our other virtual events or register for a one-on-one conversation with a counselor.

Online Information Session

Book Award Recipients

We offer live online information sessions for seniors in high school who have received the award as juniors. Online information session dates will be posted below when they are available. Please follow the linked date to register for the event. Upon registration you will receive information on how to join the online session.

Kindness Rocks Project

August 6 at 6:00 PM EDT

Are you looking for a way to spread some kind messages and hope in your neighborhood? Look no further. The Kindness Rocks Project (started by SMC Alumna Megan Murphy) is a great way to spread messages of hope to people who need it. Join us as we paint some rocks LIVE!

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Let’s Make a Sundae!

August 21 at 3:00 PM EDT

As is the tradition at the end of our summer open house events, our Book Award students typically gather for an ice cream social. Since we can’t gather in one place at this time, we invite you to join us as we make and enjoy some summer treats LIVE on Instagram! We look forward to getting to know you and debating which toppings belong on a sundae!

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Contact Us!

If you have any questions regarding the Book Award, please contact the Book Award Committee at or call us at 802.654.3000.

Book Award Committee Members: Allison Sherlock and Danielle Schiestle

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