Problem solver

Narendra Sharma of Hilton Head Island has been named as a Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize describes itself as “the country’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem-solvers in the second half of life.”  Sharma’s “Neighborhood Outreach Connection” provides low-income families with after-school and summer tutoring., which funds the Purpose Prize, said that Sharma’s “bottom-up approach of connecting with and empowering people in low-income neighborhoods through education and health care is generating results, especially among children who are making strides academically.” 

A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism, and the nonprofit sector – chose seven national Purpose Prize fellows from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees.


“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of and author of The Big Shift.  “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”