Institute offers $5,000 for high school prize

Aug 29, 2014

The Institute for Emerging Issues is sponsoring a contest that awards North Carolina's youth up to $5,000 for investing in their communities and taking initiative to solve local problems.

The 2015 Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation challenges teams of N.C. high school students to reflect upon the past in order to help improve a community's future. Teams will investigate the historical roots of a local challenge a community has wrestled with, develop an innovative solution to the challenge, and engage community members in tackling the issue.

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 for project implementation and up to five finalists will win $1,000 each!

Applications for the high school prize competition will be accepted until November 10, 2014. For complete application materials, click here.

Background on IEI:

Established in 2002, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) connects people and resources from all sectors and areas of North Carolina in an effort to ensure our state’s future economic competitiveness. Every February, IEI’s Emerging Issues Forum attracts leaders in business, education and public policy to discuss a key challenge facing our state. By supporting collaboration among individuals from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, IEI builds an enduring capacity for progress. For more information on IEI’s work, visit