Georgia Tech is proud to honor the legacy of a great alumnus and civic leader, former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr.

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Mayor Allen’s courageous leadership and advocacy for civil rights during the 1960s stand as a model for the people of Atlanta, Georgia, the nation, and the world. Further, his example provides our students with a foundation for decision-making based upon the kind of moral and ethical principles that led Mayor Allen to risk everything in order to defend what was right. We want our graduates to be identified not only as preeminent in their fields, but also as leaders guided by values and compassion.

The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage shines a light on those around the world who bravely act to improve the human condition, often in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Georgia Tech invites you to attend our events surrounding the award celebration and suggest nominees for the Prize by following the guidelines provided on this website.​

2023 Award Recipient

headshot Christiane AmanpourThe 2023 recipient is Christiane Amanpour.

As CNN’s chief international anchor, Amanpour is known worldwide for her unflinching interviewing style and for putting her life on the line to give a voice to the voiceless victims of war. In addition to her work as an anchor and reporter, Amanpour is an active rights campaigner.

The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage award ceremony will take place on Monday, April 24.

Read more about this year's recipient.