The National Association of Scholars Receives Innovation Prize

National Association of Scholars

On April 19th, 2023, the Heritage Foundation named the National Association of Scholars as a winner of the Innovation Prize.

The National Association of Scholar was chosen for our work challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to undermine American education.

On the announcement of the award, Heritage Foundation President Dr. Kevin Roberts issued a statement about the selection of the NAS:

“Heritage is committed to taking back America’s classrooms from the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration. We’re proud to award the Innovation Prize, using the resources generously provided by fellow Americans, to the National Association of Scholars for this important initiative to expose China’s efforts to push its dangerous agenda on our children.”

This $100,000 award will support NAS’s efforts to educate the public about the challenge of Confucius Classrooms, Chinese Communist Party funded initiatives to expose American K-12 students to CCP propaganda.

Led by NAS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Ian Oxnevad, this program will catalogue the shadowy network of CCP centers and illustrate the depth of their influence in American education.

“Americans are beginning to awaken to the CCP’s successful penetration of our nation’s key institutions,” said NAS President Peter Wood, “and I am grateful that Heritage is amplifying the alarm. The Heritage Foundation’s recognition of the comprehensive threat that the Chinese Communist Party poses to American institutions and the American people comes at a crucial moment, and NAS is proud to be working with Heritage on this. Heritage has already pulled together allied organizations and resources in the fight against the CCP and the struggle to loosen its grip on American schools. Over the last decade, the National Association of Scholars has played a major part in exposing China’s subversion of U.S. higher education. But China’s involvement in America’s K-12 education remains in the shadows. With the Innovation Prize and with Heritage’s help, we will shine a bright light on the CCP’s efforts to spread its propaganda to America’s children.”

The Innovation Prize is an annual award that recognizes nonprofits that are leaders in advancing the foundational principles of liberty and American self-governance and are actively promoting work to strengthen American society.

The Innovation Prize covers a variety of topics, including empowering parents in education, holding Big Tech accountable, countering the threat of the Chinese Communist Party, securing America’s borders and reducing crime, ensuring free and fair elections, reducing the growth of spending and inflation, and promoting life and family formation.


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