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‘Accelerating Educational Opportunity for All’: The 2020 Evergreen Prize Opens June 3

Monday, June 1, 2020  
Posted by: Carm Saimbre, External Relations Associate
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From left to right: Jerry Greenwald, Priscilla Walsh (Associate Director, Grants for College Forward), Austin Buchan (College Forward CEO), Rachel Greenwald, and Brad Greenwald.

First awarded in 2018, the Greenwald Family Foundation offers the Evergreen National Education Prize, which helps scale programs that best help youth from low-income backgrounds access and complete college or vocational degrees.

College Possible won the Evergreen Prize in 2018, followed by College Forward in 2019 – both of whom are NCAN members! The 2020 application opens on June 3, and NCAN members are strongly encouraged to apply.

"We believe every kid deserves a chance to succeed – we're putting our support behind programs that help them reach their goals," said Jerry Greenwald, founder of the Evergreen Prize.


The winner of the Evergreen Prize receives $100,000. In addition, the top prize gets support in cultivating relationships with funders and influencers, along with promotional support for their program. Runners-up also receive a monetary prize and promotional support.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Must be a U.S.-based nonprofit or government organization.
  • Must provide evidence of success.
  • Must provide a path to scale.
  • Transparency.
  • Organization has annual operating budget of less than $8 million.

"Our hope with the Evergreen Prize is to reward and help scale the work of innovative organizations that are significantly increasing access to and success in college or vocational programs," said Tim Taylor, co-founder and president of America Succeeds and steering committee member for the Evergreen Prize.

Applications for the 2020 Evergreen Prize open June 3 and close July 3, 2020. Find more information about the application process on this FAQ page.