A total of $1.55 million in combined prizes was awarded to innovative ideas and solutions with the greatest potential for impact in supporting the postsecondary success of student parents. Winners range from early-stage pilots to mature solutions across for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as higher education institutions.
The Rise Prize was launched in early 2020 to elevate the unique needs of student parents and increase the number of impactful and effective solutions accelerating their postsecondary success. The original award amount of $1 million to 10 organizations was increased to $1.55 million to 15 organizations, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in recognition of the added urgency to support student parents.
And the winners are…
$100,000 awarded to a winner selected by the two student parent judges who brought an authentic understanding to the challenges that student parents face.
$50,000 awarded to a winner that showed innovation in supporting the unique role of fathers as student parents.
$50,000 awarded to each of the 8 early stage winners—newly launched ideas in pilot/market research mode
$200,000 awarded to each of the 5 mature stage winners—solutions with demonstrated track record of impact and proven ability to significantly scale.