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Applicants must be affiliated (employee or lay involvement) with a middle or high school. The school cannot be a homeschool and must be accredited by the appropriate local private school oversight organization. Schools of any size and denomination are encouraged to apply.

The applicant must address the statement of intent using a program which is revolutionary, sustainable, scalable and accountable. The applicant must be willing to submit a full proposal upon request, and, if selected as a finalist, must attend the Innovators’ Retreat and Presentation.

The winning school must be willing to actively share their program with other schools by offering tours, sharing materials or through other reasonable means. The program must also be available for visits by the awarding organization. Failure to comply with these requests will result in returning the entirety of the distributed prize money, and prize money that is not accounted for must be returned.