The SSAC Book Award Program 

Established in 1983

Under Silver Spring Alumni Chapter’s (SSAC) 7th Polemarch, Vandy Miller, the chapter began its annual Book Award Program. Esteemed SSAC member Bobby Works observed that excellent Montgomery County, MD African-American high school students were not receiving adequate recognition for their achievements.

He led the effort to establish the first Book Award in 1983, and subsequently expanded the program to all Montgomery County high schools. For over 35 years, the chapter has presented an outstanding book by an African American author to an African American student at every Montgomery County high school. Currently, the chapter presents Kindle readers containing a selected e-book to deserving students.

Since its inception, the Book Award Program has given an award to an outstanding senior student from every High School in Montgomery County, MD and continues to serve the community in the name of Achievement. Mr. Howard Nicholson, II is this program’s chairman.

Schools We Serve

  • Bethesda Chevy-Chase, 4301 East West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Clarksburg HS, 22500 Williams Road, Clarksburg, MD
  • Montgomery Blair, 51 University Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • James Hubert Blake, 30 Norwood Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905
  • Winston Churchill, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854
  • Damascus, 25921 Ridge Road, Damascus, MD 20872
  • Albert Einstein, 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, MD, 20895
  • Gaithersburg, 314 South Frederick, Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
  • Walter Johnson, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • John F. Kennedy, 1901 Randolph, Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902
  • Col Zadok Magruder, 5939 Muncaster Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20855
  • Richard Montgomery, 250 Richard Montgomery Rd, Rockville, MD 20852
  • Northwest, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Northwood HS, 919 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD
  • Paint Branch, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
  • Poolesville High, 17501 Willard Road, Poolesville, MD 20837
  • Quince Orchard, 15800 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
  • Rockville HS, 2100 Baltimore Road W., Rockville, MD
  • Seneca Valley HS, 12700 Middlebrook, Road, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Sherwood HS, 300 Olney-Sandy Spring, Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20806
  • Springbrook HS, 201 Valley Brook Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904
  • Watkins Mill HS, 10301Apple Ridge Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
  • Wheaton HS, 12601 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906
  • Walt Whitman HS, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Thomas S. Wootton, 2100 Wootton Pkwy., Rockville, MD 20850