Suffolk University Book Award

The Suffolk University Book Award recipient is selected based on the founding principles that Gleason L. Archer set forth when establishing the University in 1906. Suffolk University seeks to prepare students to live in a diverse, global society, while also appreciating the richness of various cultures. Suffolk University still believes that education is a gift that should not be taken for granted.

The Suffolk University Book Award is given to a student who exemplifies a commitment to their education and school community.

If you are interested in selecting one of your juniors for the Suffolk University Book Award, please fill out the nomination form, available now until May 1.

A Short History of Boston by Dr. Robert Allison

Dr. Robert Allison's book "A Short History of Boston" is the selected Book Award title.Finding that there was previously no good short history of the city of Boston, Dr. Robert Allison decided to bring Boston history alive—from the Puritan theocracy of the 17th century to the Big Dig of the 21st. His book, "A Short History of Boston," includes fantastic images, a chronology of key events in four centuries of Boston history, and twenty profiles of exceptional Bostonians, including city founder John Winthrop, heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan, heretic Anne Hutchinson, Russian-American author Mary Antin, and many more.

Dr. Allison chairs the History Department at Suffolk University and is involved with several museums and historical societies in Boston including serving as the president of the South Boston Historical Society.

He has also delivered public lectures at the Bostonian Society, the Adams National Historic Site, and has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Wales, and Turkey.

The Old State House in Boston with Cars Driving byIn addition to their very own copy of the book, students who receive a Suffolk University Book Award will also get a:

  • Suffolk Bookmark
  • Mini Suffolk pennant
  • Fee waiver to assist with their future application to Suffolk University

If You Are a School Looking to Nominate a Student

The nomination process opens in January of a student’s junior year and closes on May 1st. During that time our nomination form will be available for submissions.

If You Are a Student Who Has Received Our Book Award

Congratulations! You were chosen to receive the Suffolk University Book Award by your high school. If you choose to apply to Suffolk, you will be automatically considered for merit-based aid at the time of admission and your application fee will be waived.