Student Summer Funding Opportunities

Alex Adam ’07 Award

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts is honored to provide funding through an award established in memory of Alexander Jay Adam ’07. The Alex Adam ’07 Award, made possible by a generous gift from his family, will provide support to undergraduates who want to spend a summer pursuing a project that will result in the creation of an original work of art.

A gifted student, Adam’s artistic interests focused on creative writing and theater. Acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, his creative writing professor, praised his work as “sharp-edged, unexpectedly corrosive and very funny.”

“I remember telling him during the workshop,” she said, “as I don’t believe that I have ever told any other student in such circumstances, before or since, that he could have a career as a playwright or a writer of first-rate television scripts.” Adam was also an actor, and performed with the Princeton Shakespeare Company, Theatre Intime and the Program in Theater and Dance. Friends, classmates and fellow students remember Alex Adam as kind and gentle, with a genuine interest in others.

Princeton First-years, Sophomores and Juniors are eligible for the awards. The award provides $7,500 in support to each of three undergraduate students. The award can be used to support a variety of activities, such as interning at theater or dance festivals; directing, designing, or acting in a show; composing poems or short stories; making short films; or mastering a photographic technique. The activity should culminate in the creation or production of an original work.

Open to ALL Princeton First-years, Sophomores & Juniors

Current Winners

The winners of the 2022 Alex Adam ’07 Award are rising seniors Kaelani Burja ’23, Cassandra James ’23, and Kakuyon Mataeh ’23. Learn more about their creative work and summer plans »


Past Winners

Silma Berrada ’22
Dylan Fox ’22
Amanda Kural ’23

Sophie Blue ’21
Hamza Hashem ’21
Adia Weaver ’21

Runako Campbell ’21
Gabriella Pollner ’20
Jhor van der Horst ’20

Anna Berghuis ’19
Eli Berman ’20
Cooper Young ’19

William Kesier ’19
Ugonna Nwabueze ’18
Shruthi Rajasekar ’18

Abigail Jean-Baptiste ’18
William Lathrop ’17
Simon Wu ’17

Cameron Johanning ’16
Maya Wahrman ’16
Bri White ’16

Yessica Martinez ’15
John Somers Fairchild’15
Tula B. Strong ’15

Casey Brown ’14
Sean Drohan ’14
Cara Michell ’14

Daisy Radevsky ’13
Tanyaradzwa Ashleigh Tawengwa ’14
Ava Geyer ’15

Lisa Einstein ’13
Ruthie Nachmany ’12 (in collaboration with Aunna Wilson ’12)
Samantha Ritter ’13

Gabriel Crouse ’12
Sarah Fingerhood ’11
Adrian Gallegos ’11

Sydney Schiff ’10
Talia Nussbaum ’10
Dominique Salerno ’10

Samuel Zetumer ’09
Halcyon Person ’10

Alex Adam

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