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Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize
The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”
Up to two $100,000 prizes will be presented to individuals less than 15 years out of their bachelor program who demonstrate leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Half of the monetary prize will be given to the recipient (or shared between two recipients, in case of a shared prize) and half will be contributed to an organization designated by the winner.
Nominees may be nationals of any country; no affiliation to Grinnell College is required. The program encourages a global and diverse pool of candidates.
Nominations are due by October 7, 2019
Eligible nominees must:
- Have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalency) between 1999 and 2015;
- Have an exceptional record of substantive, innovative contributions within their chosen field that have enabled them to become a force for social justice;
- Through their actions, embody the Grinnell College ideal of using their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good;
- Demonstrate the essence of Grinnell College's broad liberal arts education through critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and free inquiry;
- Not be widely known outside their immediate community or field;
- Be nominated by a third party;
- If chosen as a winner and along with their chosen organization, be verified and validated by Grinnell College;
- Participate in an on-campus symposium and awards ceremony, and explore other opportunities to engage with the Grinnell and wider community;
- Have sufficient English fluency to facilitate participation and community engagement; and
- Be able to provide in English any supplemental information required as part of the selection process.