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AARP Opens Call for Nominations for the AARP Purpose Prize™ Award

Awards Honor Innovative Work by People Age 50-Plus with Focus on Social Good

Media Contacts:
AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia

Washington, DC — AARP today announced a call for nominations for the Purpose Prize, the respected awards program launched in 2006 by Encore.org and now operated by AARP, which honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all.

This fall, five Purpose Prize winners will receive $50,000 cash awards intended to assist them in accelerating and expanding their plans. Of particular focus this year will be work done in the areas of caregiving, savings, employment and the workplace, and livable communities, among others.

One of the five prizes will be designated as the Andrus Award for Intergenerational Excellence, named for AARP’s founder Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizing an individual who brings together generations for the betterment of their community.

“For more than 10 years, the Purpose Prize recognized outstanding work by people age 60 and over focused on advancing social good,” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said. “AARP is looking forward to continuing the great work of encore.org and we are pleased to say we have lowered the age parameter for applicants to 50 and up.  We’re excited to see the ideas that people have and to support some of the most promising ones with cash awards intended to help them get to the next step.”

The Purpose Prize is open to the public and there is no charge for entry.  However, to apply for the Purpose Prize, applicants must first be nominated by someone, or they may nominate themselves. Nominations may be submitted via www.aarp.org/purposeprize

Once having been nominated, applicants are invited to submit their Purpose Prize applications, which are due May 19, 2017.  Nominations may be made from now until May 12 with all applications due May 19.

For more information about the Purpose Prize, including the nomination and application process, and prize eligibility, odds, disclosures, and official rules, please visit www.aarp.org/purposeprize.

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About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

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