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Lumina Foundation: Education Innovation Prize

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Lumina Foundation is a private foundation based in Indianapolis committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Lumina Foundation’s goal is to increase the proportion of working-age Americans (those typically between the ages of 25-64) with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

The Lumina Foundation Education Innovation Prize Challenge (the Challenge) seeks to encourage innovative organizations whose ideas can be scaled to meet Lumina’s nationwide goals. This year the Challenge is focused on surfacing innovative ideas to support adults with no or little post-high school education in attaining a high quality, job-furthering degree or credential. Lumina is looking to solutions that are sustainable and scalable across the U.S.

The 2018 Challenge Question is: “How might we develop a cost effective, rapidly scalable platform, service, or product that can help U.S. adults with little to no college experience earn degrees, certificates, and other high-quality credentials by the year 2025?” In addressing answers to this question, the solution needs to:

  • Target adults with some postsecondary education, but no credential, or adults with no post-high school education and no credential
  • Focus on closing achievement gaps for African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians
  • Strive to design a solution that is able to recognize learning wherever it is acquired and leads to further education and employment
  • Provide first credentials for adults – pathways to initial credentials, including workforce certificates and industry certifications that exist for adults who have not yet pursued education beyond high school

Amount: A total of $50,000 will be awarded, including:

  • One Judges Choice Prize of $25,000
  • One Audience Choice Prize of $25,000

Eligibility: Legally-registered U.S. organizations. Individuals must enter the Challenge as the authorized representative of an otherwise eligible business or nonprofit organization. Entries submitted by teams must designate one individual member as the “Team Leader” for contact and administrative purposes.

Link: https://luminaprize.innovationchallenge.com/

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