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 and 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.

If you are a Book Award recipient:

Congratulations! You were chosen to receive the Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement and 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 complete your application to Saint Michael’s College before either our November 1 or December 1 application deadline. This is a renewable, four year scholarship ranging from $15,000 to full tuition.

Saint Michael’s College Book Award Scholarship Online Information Session

We offer live online information sessions for seniors in high school who have received the award as juniors. Online information session dates below 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.

No sessions currently available

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, Melissa Ward, and Danielle Schiestle