Education Award

$50,000 Minimum Grant

The Education Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to the education of children thus providing them the platform from which to become fully productive members of society. Our Award honors this courageous leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.

Ultimately, our Award ensures that more children’s lives will be improved and changed forever.

Our Vision

The Education Award recognizes individuals who have made and continue to make substantial contributions to children in the educational arena. This includes individuals who have made and are making education available to severely underserved populations, or those who innovate new and effective methods of learning and teaching, and those whose work creates educational opportunity for children who are challenged or disenfranchised.

Honorees will be selected regardless of political or geographic boundaries and regardless of religious affiliation, although programs which are singularly religious or which use education to proselytize for or against any one religion are not eligible.

Award Requirements

Please ensure your nominee meets the following requirements before submitting a nomination.

  • Nominee must have an existing nonprofit/not-for-profit/NGO/charity organization in good standing that can receive grant funds if Awarded.
  • Nominee must be the founder, co-founder or visionary leader responsible for the organization’s success and growth.
  • Nominee organization must entirely focus on the needs of children.
  • Nominee must do this work over and above their normal employment or work for little or no pay.
  • Nominee’s organization must have been registered as a nonprofit/not-for-profit/NGO/charity for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Nominees must have been doing this work with the organization for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Nominee must be available to attend the annual Awards Ceremony in New York City during the month of November

Important Dates

  • January 7, 2019 – Nominations open online
  • March 31, 2019 (at 11:59 pm EDT) –2018 Nominations closed
  • April – August 2019 – Review and investigative process
  • September 2019 – Honorees Announced
  • November 2019 – Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City

Read detailed Award Requirements »


2018 Education Award Afghanistan Demain

Ehsan Mehrangais

2017 Education Award The Reading Team

Maureen Rover

2016 Education Award Ponheary Ly Foundation

Ponheary Ly

2015 Education Award EducAid Sierra Leone

Miriam Mason-Sesay

Nominations for our 2018 Awards are now closed. To receive a reminder when our 2019 call for nominations opens on January 8, 2019, please click the button below.

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