Pitch your project and you could win $25,000

Post date: 
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Photo of last year's Holman Prize winnners: Ahmet, Penny and Ojok

Submit an application for a Holman Prize and you could win US$25,000 to help you achieve your dreams.

LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco has announced the return of the Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, the charity’s annual award for blind adventurers and creators.

Named after the 19th century blind world traveller James Holman, the Holman Prize empowers people with sight loss from around the world to complete the journeys and projects of their dreams.

Applications for the prize open on 16 January and close on 28 February 2018. The initial application is a 90-second YouTube video explaining what you would accomplish as a Holman Prize winner (as well as a brief written questionnaire). Once applications close, a select group of semi-finalists will be chosen to submit in-depth written proposals, and later, finalists will be interviewed by LightHouse staff.
In 2017, the Prize’s inaugural year, the charity received more than 200 applications from over two dozen countries. The three winners encompassed a wide range of ambition and ingenuity: Ahmet Ustunel is training to kayak Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait, completely solo; Penny Melville-Brown from the UK is taking her YouTube baking show to six continents; and Ojok Simon is teaching his fellow Ugandans to become self-sustaining beekeepers.

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