Prize Launch

October 7th, 2020


Final Day for Submissions

January 15, 2021


Winner Announced

March 9-11, 2021

Upcoming Events


The Rather Prize is a five-figure prize to a student, teacher, or administrator who can best provide an idea to improve Texas education. The prize is open to anyone answering the question “What is your best idea to improve education in the state of Texas?”


Persons eligible are any current or recent student in a Texas middle school, high school or college (recent students who are not currently enrolled must have attended a Texas school within the last three years), or any Texas state-certified teacher or administrator, current or retired.


 All submissions will be looked at by UT-Austin/Rather Prize workers and volunteers and scored via rubric. 


The winner will ultimately be announced in March 2021, winning our ten-thousand dollar prize. With as our media sponsor, the winner will receive our monetary award (which can be used for any educational purpose) along with the opportunity to present their idea at South by Southwest 2021.