The MacArthur Fellowship, less formally known as the MacArthur Genius Award...
is an annual award given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to between 20 and 40 recipients per year, in any discipline, who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” The award consists of $500,000, paid over the course of five years. There are no requirements as to how the award winners spend the prize, as it is considered to be an investment in their future contributions to society. Award winners are nominated and chosen anonymously, and usually do not learn that they have been considered until they receive a phone call informing them that they have won.
In 2010, Amir Abo-Shaeer was named a MacArthur Fellow in recognition of his work with the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy and Team 1717. He is the first high school teacher ever to win this award.