The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization.

Nominate an Innovator

Candidates for the Grinnell Prize must be nominated by a third party. If you know a creative problem solver who meets the nomination criteria, please submit the online nomination form.

What is Social Justice?



College awards $100,000 prizes to Deborah Ahenkorah and Maria Vertkin in ceremony Oct. 27.

Students’ impact goes far beyond student groups with participation and input on issues throughout the campus.