Drum roll, please.
The winner of Claremont McKenna College's fifth Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership is Pratham, India's largest non-profit educational organization.
The $250,000 cash prize will be awarded March 23 in New York, which also happens to be the home base of Mr. Kravis' day job, private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
The prize is affiliated with The Kravis Leadership Institute, which Mr. Kravis established at his alma mater, the Claremont, Calif.-based college.
Pratham improves access to education and the quality of education for children in India through a number of programs including “Read India,” aimed at improving reading, writing and math proficiency of children ages 6 to 14, according to information about Pratham on the college's Kravis Prize website.
The Kravis prize, awarded annually, recognizes extraordinary leadership in the non-profit sector. All but the first recipient have been from outside the United States, said Dorothy Bu-chanan, media relations specialist at the college.
Nominations are sent in anonymously through the college's website and by a confidential group of nominators, Ms. Buchanan explained. — Arleen Jacobius