Class of 2022 President’s Engagement, Innovation, and Sustainability Prize winners announced

Six prize-winning teams will design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.



Composite image showing the winners of the 2022 President's Enagement, Innovation and Sustainability prizes.

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Cosmic Writers brings free creative writing education to school-aged children 
May graduates Rowana Miller and Manoj Simha lead Cosmic Writers, a project supported by President’s Engagement Prize that provides free creative writing instruction to K-12 students virtually throughout the world.
May 31, 2022 / Penn Today

A one-stop shop for student-founded impact startups
College Green Ventures, a recipient of Penn’s 2022 President’s Engagement Prize, finds and supports student-founded impact startups. The organization aims to be a national hub for social impact on college campuses.
May 25, 2022 / Penn Today

Celebrating the newest President’s Prize winners
Interim President Wendell Pritchett noted at the luncheon that this year’s recipients represent the biggest cohort yet—a testament to the “incredible strength of our applicant pool.”
May 5, 2022 | Penn Today

Class of 2022 President’s Engagement, Innovation, and Sustainability Prize winners announced
Six prize-winning teams will design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
April 20, 2022 | Penn Today

Seeking justice, support for incarcerated Pennsylvanians
As winners of the 2021 President’s Engagement Prize, Carson Eckhard, Natalia Rommen, and Sarah Simon provide hope for wrongfully convicted people and a roadmap for inmates set for release.
March 28, 2022 | Penn Today

Changing lives in refugee communities through access to clean water
As winners of the 2021 President’s Engagement Prize, May graduates Martin Leet and Leah Voytovich co-founded Maji, a nonprofit organization dedicated to projects that support refugee initiatives in Uganda.
March 21, 2022 | Penn Today

Body Empowerment Project is a health-centered approach to self-care
Supported by the President’s Engagement Prize, two 2021 graduates founded a nonprofit focused on eating disorder prevention, bringing workshops to Philadelphia public schools, taught by Penn student volunteers.
February 28, 2022 | Penn Today


Turning empty spaces into comfortable homes.
Since 2018, the President’s Engagement Prize-winning team behind Chicago Furniture Bank has operated full speed ahead—already furnishing 5,500 homes for more than 14,000 people in need.
July 23, 2021 | Penn Today

Penn seniors target eating disorder risk at Philadelphia public high schools
President’s Engagement Prize-winning project Be Body Positive Philly, led by seniors Christina Miranda and Amanda Moreno, is designed to address eating disorder risk among Philadelphia high school students.
May 6, 2021 | Penn Today

Hope and help for wrongfully incarcerated Pennsylvanians
With Project HOPE, President’s Engagement Prize winners Carson Eckhard, Natalia Rommen, and Sarah Simon will address the lack of support to wrongfully incarcerated people in Philadelphia and across the state.
May 4, 2021 | Penn Today

Empowering refugee communities with access to clean water
With project Maji, seniors Martin Leet and Leah Voytovich will use their President’s Engagement Prize to install a solar-powered water tank and provide agricultural and first aid training for members of the Olua I community.
April 30, 2021 | Penn Today

Class of 2021 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prize winners announced
The Prizes enable students to take on post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
April 19, 2021 | Penn Today

A pivot, from financial literacy to restorative justice
Collective Climb won a 2020 President’s Engagement Prize as a West Philadelphia-based financial literacy project, but shifted their focus to engage with young people around the issue of community violence.
March 24, 2021 | Penn Today

Increasing access to life-saving, unused medicines in India

Aarogya, a social-enterprise organization, is led by three President’s Engagement Prize winners. Since receiving the award, they’ve started delivering otherwise-unused medicines that save lives and money.
March 10, 2021 | Penn Today

The impact of providing hands-on, interactive projects
With inventXYZ, President’s Innovation Prize winner Nikil Ragav has created a high-tech curriculum for high school to motivate future problem-solvers.
March 3, 2021 | Penn Today

The joy and power of improvisation
With The Unscripted Project, President’s Engagement Prize winners Philip Chen and Meera Menon create an improv curriculum and bring teaching artists to Philadelphia public school students.
February 24, 2021 | Penn Today


December 15, 2017
Launching Leaders in the Latino Community
Penn Nursing Science

December 2, 2017
How GenHERation and Global Companies Support Millennial Education

November 17, 2017
These Penn graduates are working to provide health care for Philadelphia's homeless
The Daily Pennsylvanian

October 2, 2017
Building a Model of Sustainable Education in Senegal
Penn Current

September 28, 2017
Following Hurricane Irma, Penn Nursing Alum and PEP Prize Winner Volunteers with the Red Cross
Penn News

August 29, 2017
GenHERation Profile: On Patrol with Penn Police Chief Maureen Rush

May 4, 2017
Honoring the 2017 President's Engagement and Innovation Prize Winners
Penn Spotlights

April 21, 2017
Three Penn President’s Engagement Prize Winners to Create a Support Program for Latino High School Students
Penn News

April 18, 2017
Antoinette Zoumanigui and Selamawit Bekele of Penn to Educate Youth in Senegal
Penn News

April 12, 2017
Marcus Henderson and Ian McCurry of Penn to Connect Homeless With Health Care
Penn News

March 29, 2017
Empowering women to become leaders in business
Fox Business

March 28, 2017
President's Engagement and Innovation Prize Winners Announced at Penn
Penn News

February 24, 2017
Headed by Penn President’s Engagement Prize Winner, Ghanaian Girls’ School Opens
Penn News

April 12, 2017
Two seniors will start a school in Senegal with funds from President's Engagement Prize
The Daily Pennsylvanian

April 10, 2017
Nursing seniors plan to revolutionize the way homeless individuals receive health care
The Daily Pennsylvanian


August 22, 2014
Apprizing the Penn ethos
The Pennsylvania Gazette

June 12, 2014
Penn grads: Want to change the world? Now, there’s a prize
The Philadelphia Inquirer

June 12, 2014
At Penn, great project ideas stand to net graduates $150,000
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

June 12, 2014
New Penn award aims to inspire students to change the world
WHYY Newsworks

June 9, 2014
President Gutmann announces President's Engagement Prizes
The Daily Pennsylvanian