Grinnell College is seeking up to two nominees for the 2016 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize. Individuals nominated must demonstrate leadership in their fields, creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in advancing positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000 – half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization. Program leaders hope to attract nominations across a wide range of fields, including science, medicine, the environment, humanities, business, economics, education, law, public policy, social services, religion and ethics, as well as projects that cross these boundaries.
- May be U.S. citizens or nationals of other countries.
- May have No affiliation with Grinnell College.
- Must have had 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.
- All nominations must include an essay of 750 words or less.