About the Kramer Prize
The Milton Sims Kramer '54 Memorial Prize (the "Kramer Prize"), endowed in honor of Milton Sims Kramer '54, is a monetary award established by the Class of '54 and continued by the Office of the President that serves to promote the "Dartmouth Fellowship."
Milton Sims Kramer was an editor of The Dartmouth, chairman of Palaeopitus, valedictorian of his class, and a Rhodes Scholarship recipient. News of his untimely death in an automobile accident in the summer of 1954, shortly after his graduation from Dartmouth, shocked the Dartmouth community. Soon thereafter, his classmates established the Milton Sims Kramer Memorial Foundation in his name "to honor his humility, understanding, fervent dedication to the services of his fellow man, and overall strength of character." The Milton Sims Kramer Memorial Foundation enables students to respond to the most current and essential needs of the College by giving them broad freedoms to design and implement projects.
Each year, the Office of the President, working with Palaeopitus, identifies areas of need on campus to be addressed by project applicants, at which point all current undergraduate students, individually or in groups, are invited to submit proposals. The student or group with the best proposal receives funding to complete their project over spring term.
Past projects have included a sustainable permaculture garden at Dartmouth, a proof-of-concept "tiny house" to be used as a housing option for the homeless in the Upper Valley, and a Dartmouth Book Day to help foster academic communities on campus.
Application materials and associated deadlines for the Kramer Prize are posted here each January. Please note: The Kramer Prize has been suspended for 2021 in light of COVID-19, but is expected to resume in 2022.
If you have any additional questions regarding the Kramer Prize, please contact the President's Office.