Nominations Open for 2019 AARP Purpose Prize in United States!


Deadline: 31 March 2019

Nominations are open for 2019 AARP Purpose Prize to honor extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all.

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Included within the AARP Purpose Prize is the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. This award celebrates the legacy of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who was an innovative educator and social change agent. It recognizes work that brings multiple generations together for a better community. Each year, one of the five AARP Purpose Prize awards will be designated for the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.

Priority Issues

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  • Intergenerational work ( opportunities for different generations to come together to share their experience, knowledge, and skills)
  • Rethinking the workplace (jobs, work environments, alternative approaches)
  • Caregiving and caregiver resources (support for vulnerable populations and the people who care for them)
  • Healthy living (food and nutrition, brain health, physical fitness, etc.)
  • Financial health (financial stability, resilience, economic opportunity, etc.
  • Hunger (food insecurity, waste, distribution, etc.)
  • Affordable housing (safe, well-managed, and affordable housing and services)
  • Social connections (isolation among vulnerable community members)
  • Civic engagement and community development (helping people be active participants in building and strengthening their communities)
  • Environmental issues (combatting the challenges facing the planet)
  • Children and youth (helping kids and young people reach their full potential)
  • Arts and culture (using art and culture as tools to engage communities in positive change)
  • Peace and security rights (establishing or preserving justice and equality by peaceful means)

Award Information

Each AARP Purpose Prize winner will receive $60,000. There are no restrictions on how the winners may use the money. Most past winners have used the money to further their work, but that is not a requirement. Their hope is that the funds are a down-payment on future work for the greater social good.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States/District of Columbia and its territories or a US citizen living abroad, who are at least fifty (50) years old as of the date of entry and who started the work for which they are nominated at the age of forty (40) or older. Officers, directors, and employees of AARP ( “Sponsor”), its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising/promotion agencies, and/or their affiliates, assigns or representatives (hereinafter referred to collectively as “Sponsor & Others”), and all other persons or entities associated with the development, administration, judging, promotion, execution of, of this Promotion are not eligible for nomination. AARP volunteers and staff are not allowed to nominate themselves or family members.
  • Additionally, current grantees, elected officials, individuals involved in a project that is exclusively religious or sectarian, individuals that work for organizations that share a board member with AARP, or members of the same household and immediate families of Sponsor &Others, (e.g. parents, children, spouse, siblings) are not eligible for nomination.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit https://purposeprize.aarp.org/

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  • Avatar Shirley Bloodworth says:

    I have had no response to my submission to the AARP Purpose application.. Does that mean I didn’t make the cut? Would like to hear from the Committee about who is being selected. thanks

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