​​Frequently Asked Questions

What are you looking for in submissions?

  • Anything of substance! We prefer ideas that are backed up by research, whether anecdotal evidence (what you've seen at your school, in your classroom), or statewide facts and figures.

Can multiple person(s) submit one idea?

  • Yes! So long as all members meet our eligibility guidelines.


Who is eligible for the Rather Prize?

  • Persons submitting must be one of the following:
    • Current student at a Texas educational institution
    • Current teacher at a Texas educational institution
    • Current administrator at a Texas educational institution
    • Any person who worked for a Texas educational institution for ten years or more and is not currently employed
    • A recent graduate of a Texas educational institution (must have attended within last three years)
    • A homeschool student residing in the state of Texas

          You must be at least 13 years of age to enter.


What do I receive if I win?

  • You get $10,000 (to be put toward any educational expense, whether personal or to improve your community), and a trip to Austin, TX (valued at up to $5,000) where you will be able to present your idea at SXSWedu 2021. In addition, your idea will be looked at by Rice University's Center for Civic Leadership.

What is the timeline of the Rather Prize?

  • From October 10, 2020- January 2021, the Rather Prize is open and accepting submissions. The winner will be announced on March 7-10th, 2021, at South By Southwest EDU.

What should I expect after I’ve submitted my idea?

  • Keep your fingers crossed! We'll notify the winner in February 2021.

Do I have to be a Texas resident?

  • No. So long as you meet our eligibility requirements, you can submit your idea to the Rather Prize. We allow recent Texas educational institution attendees, as well as experienced teachers/administrators who have now moved, to submit their best idea!

May I submit multiple ideas?

  • No. We want only your best idea on how to improve Texas education!




Please email ratherprize2021@gmail.com​​ and we will respond as soon as possible, likely within 3-5 business days.