Power of Children Awards

Power of Children Awards

Applications open Feb. 8, 2017 and close at midnight, March 19, 2017.

2016 celebrated the 12th anniversary of The Power of Children Awards at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. We highlighted 60 extraordinary winners from over the span of the award with projects varying from local to global service and with a variety of topics covered.

The Children’s Museum recognizes youths that make significant contributions and create important projects to benefit others. The Power of Children Awards (POCA) were created in 2005 to align with the mission of The Children’s Museum. The awards were inspired by the museum’s influential permanent exhibit, The Power of Children: Making a Difference, which features three extraordinary children who touched the world in unique ways: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White.

Each award recipient receives:

  • a $2,000 grant to continue his or her extraordinary work.
  • partial four-year post-secondary scholarship to a participating institution of higher learning.
  • recognition in the museum’s The Power of Children exhibit for at least one year.
  • honor and recognition during a special awards event at The Children's Museum.


Presented by

Deborah Joy Simon Charitable Trust

Supported by

IUPUIKroger University of IndianapolisButler UniversityState AutoGeicoPWC