Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education
|The McGraw Prize|
|Awarded for||Outstanding contributions to education.|
|Presented by||McGraw-Hill Research Foundation|
The Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education is awarded annually by the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation to recognize outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education in the United States. The Prize was established in 1988 to honor the company's founder, James H. McGraw's lifelong commitment to education and to mark the corporation's 100th anniversary.
It has been called the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in Education. There are, however, several important differences between the two Prizes. First, it is not based on a single research discovery but rather on the importance of an individual's career-long impact on the field of education. It is also, apparently, restricted to US citizens. A large, distinguished panel determines three annual winners covering pre-k and elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Each recipient receives a statue and US$50,000. Like the Nobel Prize, it is only awarded to living recipients.
Past honorees include: former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley; former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige; the Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., former Governor of North Carolina; Ellen Moir, co-founder and executive director, New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz; James P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University Child Study Center; Mary E. Diaz, Ph.D., Dean of Education, Alverno College; Christopher Cerf, a key creative force behind Sesame Street; and Barbara Bush, founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and former First Lady.