Telling the stories of those who struggle has never been more difficult and more crucial.
In 2014, the Edwin Gould Foundation (EGF) established the Eddie Award to elevate the national discussion about low-income students on their pathway to college completion and career success. Every year, in partnership with the Education Writers Association, the Foundation awards a cash prize ($7500) and bowler hat to the author / producer / originator of a work of journalism that brings fresh ideas, innovative storytelling, and new solutions to this complex topic. Submissions come from media outlets big and small, including NPR, The New Yorker, The Charleston Post and Courier, The Miami Herald, and local and regional broadcasts.
The bowler is a tribute to the Foundation’s benefactor and namesake, Edwin Gould, who regularly wore the signature hat.
This past year, the Eddie Award judges had so many great stories to choose from.