The Simmons Luminary Award honors individuals or organizations who have shown an extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education.

Their example demonstrates that to be relevant and effective, education requires innovation at all levels – through teaching, public policy, research and leadership.

The Luminary Award is inspired by the power of learning to illuminate and improve society. Knowledge is vital to the social and economic well-being and empowerment of individuals and communities everywhere.

The award is presented by the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU. The school aims to transform the way teaching and leadership enhance the education of young minds and lifelong learners. Through enlightened research and scholarship, the school thoughtfully challenges traditional ideas about education systems and practices.