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Opus Prize

The Opus Prize is one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship and University of Portland students and faculty are partnering with the Opus Prize Foundation to select finalists for the 2018 awards.
Each year the Opus Prize Foundation chooses one Catholic university to help it award one $1 million and two $100,000 prizes recognizing individuals who are addressing persistent and pressing social problems. From improving education in Afghanistan to supporting the families of incarcerated women in New York City, Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation and impact. While the Opus Prize Foundation partners with Catholic universities to award the Opus Prize, the individual or organization receiving it may have roots in any faith.

The year-long partnership between UP and the Opus Prize Foundation supports the work of faith-based, social entrepreneurs around the world while seeking to inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue lives of service.

University of Portland's Role

Hosting the 2018 Opus Prize is an incredible opportunity for UP students, faculty, staff, and the Portland community to engage with faith-inspired champions of change who are addressing the great social issues of our time—anywhere  in the world—and fundamentally changing individuals, families, and communities. 

UP students led the selection process and visited finalists in the field during the spring of 2018 along with faculty and members of the Opus Prize Foundation. These "due diligence" expeditions offered unique opportunities for members of the campus community to witness in action the powerful work of these agents for change.

After the spring expeditions, the University will host all three finalists for a week-long celebration, including an awards ceremony, in Portland November 11-15, 2018. During this week, UP and the greater Portland community will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from these humanitarians who have devoted their lives to service.

Follow along with the University of Portland as we move through the process of evaluating the 2018 Opus Prize nominees. Updates and stories of the student and faculty site visits will be posted here throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.

Opus Prize