The Paul Tully Memorial Prize is annually presented to the student or students who best exemplify the democratic ideals to which Paul Tully devoted his life. Many Lafayette students deserve recognition for their community and campus service, but the core of the Tully Prize is political engagement. There are no restrictions as to the student’s course of study or class year, and the prize (which contains a monetary component) is awarded on non-partisan grounds.

Tully was political director of the Democratic National Committee when he died in 1992 at age 48. He attended Yale and Penn Law School and then chose politics over law. He worked on the presidential campaigns of Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1980, Walter Mondale in 1984, and Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis in 1988.

Email nominations to Michael Feola by March 5 at noon. Nominations may come from faculty, students, administration, and staff. Self-nominations are accepted. A note about the student’s qualifications would be welcome. The prize committee will write to nominated students asking for a resume and a short statement about why they deserve the Tully Prize. The committee will interview finalists before awarding the prize.

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