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AARP Announces $1 Million in ‘Legacy Awards’ for Public High Schools

Awards Celebrate AARP Founder’s Legacy, Target Schools That Connect Generations, Communities

“AARP Celebration Cities” will be eligible to compete for $100,000 prizes in recognition of programs that connect generations or foster greater civic engagement among students and their communities. The celebration cities, which will be the focal point of AARP’s 50th anniversary activities, include Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and Washington, DC.

In addition, public high schools in all all U.S. States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will also be eligible to compete for $10,000 awards for innovative programs.

This award was developed to honor AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Prior to founding AARP, Dr. Andrus achieved broad recognition as a creative and innovative public high school educator. She was the first woman appointed to lead a public secondary high school in California, where she developed and implemented a variety of innovative programs that served the interest of both the students and the community.

All entries are due by October 1, 2007. Applications and additional information can be found at AARP's website Entries may be submitted online to or via regular mail to: AARP c/o The Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Awards, 601 E. Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20049.

Entries will be judged by a blue ribbon panel of nationally known educators and civic leaders.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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