Nomination and Selection Process

A nomination for the McGraw Prize may be submitted for any person who meets the nomination criteria. The Prize recognizes outstanding individuals who have “dedicated themselves to improving education and whose accomplishments are making a difference.”

Nominees are screened by independent researchers, and a distinguished jury of peers recommends three finalists in each category to the executive committee. The executive committee, which includes Terry McGraw, Lloyd “Buzz” Waterhouse (the CEO of McGraw-Hill Education) and Michael Crow (President of Arizona State University), select the winners in each category.

Honorees receive an award of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture.


The winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education should exemplify:

Transformational leadership in his or her organization or institution, and beyond

Innovative thinking and practices within his or her field

Impact on the lives of others and the education community at large

Earned respect from peers and be an inspiration to others