Lumina Foundation Announces LIFTed Prize 2017

Posted by Catherine Covington on Mar 21, 2017 4:00:50 PM

Lumina Foundation recently launched their LIFTed Prize 2017 – Innovation in Postsecondary Learning. They are seeking organizations with an innovation that has a positive impact on postsecondary attainment in the U.S. This Prize is part of Lumina’s Goal 2025 – increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60% by year 2025.

Solvers will not only have the chance to win $50,000 but also the opportunity for networking and visibility with industry leaders. Three finalists will be able to present their ideas to high-profile thought leaders at the Inaugural LIFTed Convening in Indianapolis, IN (May 11-12, 2017). Solvers are asked to submit their application form by April 2nd.

The Prize follows Lumina Foundation’s Social Innovation Prize for Postsecondary Learning, launched in January 2016. This was open for 2 months, attracted 333 solvers from around the world, and received 80 applications. Three social ventures – Career Village, Leaf Savings, and Signal Vine – were invited to the ASU GSV Summit on April 20, 2016 to pitch their ideas on impacting U.S. higher education.

The winner, Career Village, was awarded $25,000 by the judging panel and $25,000 through ‘crowd voting’.  Career Village is a platform that allows students to request career advice from an online crowd of working professionals. Career Village has 16,000 professionals who volunteer to answer student questions and help them succeed.

About Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation is committed to a fair, universal system for learning that meets the nation's talent needs. The system must offer every American the chance for a better life by recognizing learning however it occurs. And this learning should lead to a broad range of marketable credentials. More information about Lumina Foundation is available at

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