Albert Asher Green Memorial Prize

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The Albert Asher Green Memorial Prize is awarded to the Columbia College senior who has been a student in good standing in the College for at least three years and who has made the best record of scholarship. This amounts to the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA.

While most undergraduate institutions (including all other schools within Columbia University) award the title of valedictorian to the student with the highest GPA, Columbia College generally selects someone other than the winner of the Albert Asher Green Prize as valedictorian. This is seen as a means of honoring the accomplishments of a greater number of students on Class Day.

It was established by Mr. and Mrs. Asher Green in memory of their son, Albert Asher Green, Class of 1914, in 1913.

The original value of the prize was $50 in gold.

Past winners