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A group of TFA corps member and alumni Social Innovation Award winners.

The Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Social Innovation Award recognizes bold, new innovations that expand opportunities for students in low-income communities and address the root causes of educational inequity.

Honoring Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock

This award was renamed in honor of Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock, fierce advocates of educational equity and excellence. As a pioneer in the early days of Silicon Valley, Arthur has been a key driver of TFA's social entrepreneurship and innovation work. Toni has left an indelible mark on the legal profession as the first woman to be named partner at a major law firm in California and continues to be a leading advocate of equity through her philanthropic work.

About the Social Innovation Award

This annual competition brings together budding alumni and corps member entrepreneurs to compete for up to $100,000 in funding to develop social ventures focused on eliminating barriers to educational equity and excellence.

Winners also have the opportunity to build their network by working alongside a supportive community of social innovation leaders, engage with entrepreneurial coaches and mentors, and receive national and local recognition through Teach For America.


To be considered for the award, applicants must:

  • Be a Teach For America alum or corps member.

  • Be a founder or co-founder of your venture.

  • Have a bold venture that contributes toward ending educational inequity within the United States. All business models (for-profit, non-profit, and hybrid) are eligible to apply.

  • Have not received financial support from the overall track of the award in the past. Prior pre-pilot track winners are eligible to apply.

  • Have not raised and/or earned more than $500,000 in collective revenue.

Please note, new school models are not eligible for the 2019 award. Teach For America and our partners value this work and have other programs that are better aligned to evaluate and support the launch of new school models. Please email to learn more.

Award Process

Stage 1: Application

Candidates must complete the online application by 11:59 PM PST on February 18, 2019. You will be informed of your application status on March 6, 2019.

Stage 2: Video Pitch and Budget Model

Applicants that move on to the next round will be asked to submit a video pitch and budget model. After this stage, up to 10 finalists will be invited to attend the final round interview day in May. Finalists will be announced on April 12, 2019.

Stage 3: Final Round Interview Day

On May 14, 2019, finalists will participate in the final round interview day that will involve multiple interviews and feedback sessions with our judging panel. Winners will be announced in June.

Winners Receive

Access to Capital

Winners will receive up to $100,000 in funding to advance game-changing solutions for kids and communities. 

Individualized Coaching

Building a successful, mission-oriented organization from the ground up takes more than a founder’s compelling vision and relentless drive—it requires sound business planning and a laser focus on outcomes. In addition to funding, our award winners receive tailored support around strategic planning, financial management, and outcomes measurement. 

Networking Opportunities

The final round interview day includes a celebratory dinner in the Bay Area, to honor our finalists' hard work, passion, and innovation. Finalists have the opportunity to network with leaders within the social entrepreneur community and receive national and local recognition.

Access to a Community of Innovators

Finalists will join a community of like-minded innovators in a field that often feels siloed and competitive. This network includes past winners and finalists, supporters, and friends—all committed to empowering and inspiring the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Past Award Winners

Our Team's Mission

Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation team inspires, accelerates, and invests in alumni and corps members who are growing and strengthening the movement for educational equity and excellence through careers in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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