The Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize


On September 5, 2012, Grinnell College will announce the winners of the second Grinnell Prize, which honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

The 2012 winners were selected from more than 300 nominations from around the globe. Each winning entry received $100,000, half to the individual(s) and half to an organization the winner (s) designated for a total of $300,000 awarded this year in prize monies.

On November 12-16, the winners will visit the campus to participate in the Grinnell Prize Symposium. Through public lectures and interactions with students, they will share their experiences and perspectives in effecting positive and innovative social change. Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, an organization committed to “a sustainable corporate concept of linked prosperity” and an overall mission to “meet human needs and eliminate injustice,” will deliver the keynote address.

The Call for Nominations for the 2013 Grinnell Prize opens Sept. 5 and will close on Nov. 5.

The Grinnell Prize: An Introduction

The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to an organization committed to the winner’s area of social justice, for a total of up to $300,000 in prize awards.

The inauguration of Grinnell College’s 13th president Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D in 2011 marked a transition point for the college. The prize commemorates the occasion and celebrates Grinnell’s historic and future commitment to positive social change.

For more information, contact the Prize Office at prize@grinnell.edu or go to their website at http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/chaplain/socialjusticeprize

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