The AARP Purpose Prize is the only national award in the United States that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference. Through the Purpose Prize, AARP celebrates the creativity, innovation, and inspiration that life experience brings.
Each year, five winners will receive $60,000 each to celebrate their achievements and broaden the scope of their work. Applications go through a formal, structured review process, including review by a prestigious jury of national leaders who have used their life experience for good. Based on the jury’s recommendations, the AARP CEO selects the final winners.
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.
In addition, AARP recognizes that there is an incredible volume of high-quality applicants doing amazing work. Therefore, AARP will select Fellows to round out each year’s “class.” Fellows will receive $5,000 each and will have access to a number of supports and technical assistance.
If you are 50 or older and are using your life experience to make your community or world a better place, we encourage you to learn more about the AARP Purpose Prize.
Submit a nomination and get more information here at the AARP Purpose Prize webpage.