The Eddie

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.

We are pleased to say that "The Valedictorians Project" by Malcolm Gay, Meghan Irons and Eric Moskowitz at The Boston Globe is the 2019 Eddie Award Winner.

Past Eddie Winners

2018

Minimally Adequate: How South Carolina's Schools Fail Too Many Students.
By Paul Bowers, Glenn Smith, Seanna Adcox, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Thad Moore
Charleston Post and Courier

2017

The Long, Difficult Journey to College
Eric Hoover
The Chronicle of Higher Education

2017

Shadow Class: College DREAMers in Trump’s America
The APM Reports team of Sasha Aslanian, Catherine Winter, Emily Hanford, and Stephen Smith
The APM Reports/American Public Media

2016

Education’s Broken Promise to Native Students
Kelly Field
The Chronicle of Higher Education

2015

Higher-Ed Hustle
Michael Vasquez
The Miami Herald

2014

Lower Education
Molly Hensley-Clancy
BuzzFeed

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