The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Honorees are chosen by a distinguished panel of judges made up of thoughtful and influential members of the education community. Each winner receives a gift of $50,000 and a bronze sculpture. The Prize was established in 1988 to honor Mr. McGraw's lifelong commitment to education, and to mark the Corporation's 100th anniversary.
The 2013 winners are Deborah Bial, Mike Feinberg, Dave Levin and Dr. Shirley A. Reed.
Past honorees include:
- Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy;
- former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley;
- the former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige;
- the Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., former Governor of North Carolina;
- James P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University Child Study Center;
- Barbara Bush, founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; and
- Wendy Kopp, president and founder of Teach For America