Changes Announced to the Categories for the 2018 McGraw Prize

Since its founding in 1988, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education has celebrated education innovation by recognizing outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education. Administered through an alliance between The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University, the Prize has become one of the most prestigious awards in education.

For the 2018 Prize, several changes have been made to the categories to adapt to shifts in the education world. Previously, nominations were accepted in the categories of U.S. K-12 Education, U.S. Higher Education, and International Education. The 2018 Prize will accept and consider nominations for the following three categories:

  • Pre-K–12 Education – Nominees for the Pre-K-12 category will have directly impacted the areas of Pre-K, primary, or secondary education, and will have shown a long-term commitment to education.
  • Higher Education – This category will continue to accept nominees who have made a long-term contribution to the field of higher/post-secondary education.
  • Learning Science Research – Nominees in the Learning Science Research category target and affect educational outcomes through research, and are recognized for their sustained, long-term contributions to research that advances our knowledge and understanding of learning in diverse contexts. Individuals in this category may work specifically in learning analytics, learning algorithms, learning quality, learning efficacy, and instructional and learning technology.

In addition to the changes highlighted above, international nominations will now be accepted in all three categories.

“I’m excited about the changes being made this year, including the addition of the Learning Science Research category. They are evidence of how the Prize continues to evolve as the education landscape changes,” said Harold (Terry) McGraw III, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Each McGraw Prize in Education winner receives an award of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture, which was designed by students from Arizona State University.

The nomination portal is open for submissions on the McGraw Prize website until November 17, 2017. A nomination can be submitted at