Manuscripts and Archives offers two student prizes each year. One is awarded for an outstanding senior essay on Yale. The second is awarded for an outstanding senior essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives. Each student will receive a $500 cash prize, which will be presented at commencement. As in years past, prizes in 2008-09 are funded through a generous gift from Donald F. Melhorn, Jr., Yale class of 1957. Mr. Melhorn is Counsel at Marshall & Melhorn, LLC in Toledo, Ohio, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law.
Essays from any department are eligible for consideration and students are invited nominate themselves for these prizes. Entry forms are available in Manuscripts and Archives or by contacting Diane E. Kaplan, Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives. The entry form indicates a student's intention to submit an essay for consideration. These should be returned by March 30. Students must deliver a copy of their completed essay to Manuscripts and Archives no later than two days after the actual departmental submission date.