Dear Members of the Lafayette Community,

I am writing to solicit nominations for the Paul Tully Memorial Prize, which is presented to the student or students who best exemplify the democratic ideals to which Paul Tully devoted his life. As worthy as many of our students are for recognition based upon philanthropic and volunteer efforts, 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 includes a monetary component, will be awarded without regard to partisan identification or ideological viewpoint.

Paul Tully was the political director of the Democratic National Committee when he died in 1992 at age 48. Mr. Tully attended Yale and the University of Pennsylvania Law School before choosing politics over law. He worked on the presidential campaigns of Senators Edward M. Kennedy in 1980, Walter F. Mondale in 1984, Gary Hart, and later Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988.

Please email your nominations to me by 4 p.m., March 2, 2022. Nominations may come from faculty or students, and self-nominations are acceptable. A note about the student’s qualifications would be welcome, but not required. I will write to nominated students asking for a resume and a short statement about why they deserve the Tully Prize. The prize committee, which includes representatives from the Government and Law Department, the President’s Office, and the Landis Center for Community Engagement, usually interviews finalists before awarding the prize. The prize has a monetary component.

Again, please send nominations to me via email. If you have questions, please contact me by email or call 610-330-5402.


Joshua Miller, Professor, Government and Law

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