Partnering for Excellence Prizes

In addition to the 10 finalists, we are also thrilled to announce the finalists for the six special-focus prizes** sponsored by ExxonMobil Foundation, Jhumki Basu Foundation, The Mind Trust, Amgen, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Learn more about their innovations to bring STEM talent into schools  by viewing their entries listed below: 

**Special Focus Prize Sponsors are responsible for selecting their own winner(s). Naming of finalists does not guarantee that a winner will be selected.

Early
Entry
Two Judges’ Awards
($30,000 Each)
One People’s Choice
Award ($20,000)
Special Focus
($10,000 Each)
 

 

 

 

Innovations in Life Sciences Education sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Early Entry (in kind)

Early Entry prizes will be awarded to the five competition entries that best exemplify the competition criteria, as determined by a team of Ashoka staff and evaluators. To be considered for this prize, entries must be submitted on or before the June 22 Early Entry deadline.

Early Entry prize winners will be announced on July 7, 2011, and will receive:

A consulting session with experts from Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Opportunity Equation, and Ashoka’s Changemakers: The experts will review your entry in advance and present questions and comments aimed at helping you to strengthen your entry and to develop your project. Consulting sessions will be scheduled to accommodate Early Entry prize winners, but must be completed by July 22, 2011.

Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition, nor does it guarantee finalist status.

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    2 Judges’ Awards ($30,000 Each)
Google is proud to support the two Judges’ Awards. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to become active creators of tomorrow's technology.  Through our diverse set of education efforts, we invest in the next generation of computer scientists and engineers, providing opportunities for all students to engage more directly in technology.  Our goal is to leverage Google's strengths and infrastructure to increase access to high-quality, open educational content and technology, more specifically, in science, engineering, technology and math.

Prize Amount: $20,000

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Alcoa Foundation is proud to support the two Judges’ Awards. As the world evolves, so do the skills needed to participate in the economy of tomorrow. To prepare the communities in which Alcoa operates for these rapid changes, Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) studies. We are particularly focused on increasing diversity in these fields by engaging girls, women, and other under-represented groups to pursue science and technology careers.

Prize Amount: $10,000

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The AFT Innovation Fund is proud to support the two Judges’ Awards. The Fund is a nonprofit venture fund established in 2009 to support and share union-led, collaborative reform efforts in public systems across the United States. The Fund works to identify, nurture and bring to scale successful innovations in public education. As an initiative of the AFT, the Fund’s reach is nationwide, with emphasis on the country’s largest urban areas.


Prize Amount: $10,000

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    1 People’s Choice Award ($20,000)

Noyce Foundation is proud to support the People’s Choice Award. As selected by the Changemakers online community, we hope that this award will galvanize the social innovation community to build a movement for STEM education and encourage students to become curious, thoughtful learners of math and science.

Prize Amount: $10,000

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    Special Focus ($10,000 Each)

The ExxonMobil Foundation Prize will be awarded to an entry whose innovation focuses on expanding STEM-rich learning opportunities for students in middle school (students in grades 5-8). ExxonMobil utilizes technology and innovation in every element of its business and recognizes the essential roles that math and science play in the energy business and in the nation as a whole. We are interested in entries that focus on motivating students to learn and perform well in math and science courses. We focus on these grade levels because we believe that middle school is a that critical stage when young people need to be inspired in science and math to aim for future innovation-oriented careers.

Prize Amount: $10,000

Winner:

Finalists:

 

Are you a teacher or student who wants to live in a world where all youth have access to a high-quality science education that is fun, deeply engaging and transforms their lives?

Professor Jhumki Basu believed that the most effective way to engage students in science was to partner with them and give them a voice in what they learned, how they learned, and help them understand how they could use critical science agency to problem-solve and address injustices in their own lives and communities.  The Jhumki Basu Prize will be awarded to two selected entries by teachers or student-teacher teams that demonstrate innovative teaching and outreach methods in which young people from low-income minority backgrounds, who are under-represented in science, can gain access to quality education in this field. 

2 Prizes of $10,000 Each

Winners:

Finalists:

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The Mind Trust is pleased to offer a $10,000 prize to the “Partnering for Excellence” competition applicant with the most innovative idea for improving STEM education in Indiana. In addition to the $10,000 prize, The Mind Trust will invite the winning applicant to submit a fast-track full application to be considered for The Mind Trust’s prestigious Education Entrepreneur Fellowship program, which provides two years of support ($90,000 annual salary + benefits) and a $20,000 stipend to incubate and launch a transformational new education reform initiative in Indianapolis.

Prize Amount: $10,000

Winners: (none)

Finalists:

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The Amgen Prize will recognize the partnership that best utilizes hands-on inquiry-based learning to realize the larger goal of strengthening STEM education in the United States. The prize will go to the entry that best demonstrates an effective partnership model that enhances STEM learning through inquiry-based methods and that is implemented in more than one school in the United States. The entry must be submitted by a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Prize Amount: $10,000

Winners:

Finalists:

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 Innovations in Life Sciences Education sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is pleased to offer up to two prizes that best promote partnerships in emerging areas of life sciences between scientists and science educators at middle/high schools.
 
2 Prizes of $10,000 Each

Winners:

Finalists:

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