The inaugural class of AARP Purpose Prize winners has been announced, along with a cohort of 2017 Purpose Prize fellows. The five Prize winners, including one winner of the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, in honor of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, exemplify AARP’s belief that “making a difference is ageless” — echoing Encore.org’s long-standing commitment to developing experienced-adult talent as a powerful resource for social change. Each winner was awarded $50,000.

“AARP Purpose Prize winners and nominees are role models,” said AARP Jo Ann Jenkins. “They are makers and doers who are out there creating new solutions that make the world a better place for people of all ages.”

AARP recently adopted the Purpose Prize, a project of Encore.org from 2005 to 2015. Click here for more on the history of the Purpose Prize, its winners and fellows.

Encore.org sincerely congratulates the 2017 winners, fellows, nominees, reviewers and judges whose commitment and dedication celebrates — and honors — the creative, humanitarian contributions of adults 50+.

Published: October 25, 2017

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