2015 Rathmann Challenge


The 2015 Rathmann Challenge focused on “Provisions for Personal Necessities in Preparation for Learning”

The Rathmann Challenge of 2015 sought ways to support educators in addressing issues which interfere with PreK-12 students’ abilities to be fully present in the classroom. The applications received were extraordinary and addressed many issues: food, clothing, classroom supplies, shelter, personal care, dental, medical, mental health and legal support (e.g. immigration, juvenile and custodial issues). Of the many highly qualified organizations that applied, four were selected for funding.

Applications closed and the awardees were announced in 2015.  Read press release here.

Top Honor


California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland and Michigan
Vision To Learn seeks to deliver access to quality vision care for the 2 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Vision To Learn solves this problem by providing free eye exams and eyeglasses via mobile clinics that travel to schools and community organizations. By providing a critical educational tool to children in low-income communities, Vision To Learn improves students’ ability to succeed in school, and in life.