Institute of Politics

Institute Awards

Morton Coleman Award for Excellence in Community Service

The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics recognizes that the collective identity of any region is largely demonstrated by the overall values and priorities embraced by the people who live there. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, we place significant value on individuals who have a strong commitment to serve the region. To honor one of our community’s greatest civic servants and to recognize those who have followed in his path, the Institute of Politics has created the Morton “Moe” Coleman Award for Excellence in Community Service.

The purpose of the Coleman Award is twofold:

  • Create a lasting tribute to the Institute’s founding director, Moe Coleman, for the substantial and enduring contributions he has made to the Southwestern Pennsylvania region in the areas of public policy and governance, education, health and human services, and human equity.

  • Recognize elected and nonelected community leaders who, by personal example and sustained generosity, have made a significant impact in the region. Nominees for this award should be outstanding individuals whose leadership and efforts have advanced the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

For a list of previous Coleman Award recipients click here

Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service

In 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics created the Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service to recognize Elsie’s lifetime of public service to her beloved Pittsburgh and beyond.

The purpose of the award is threefold:

  • Create a lasting tribute to Mrs. Hillman for the substantial and enduring contributions she has made to our community, Commonwealth, and country.
  • Set a standard for service by encouraging a sustained commitment to public and civic engagement, inspiring others to make service a central part of their lives.
  • Recognize honorees whose lifetime of leadership and achievements has advanced the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of our region.

For a list of previous Hillman Award recipients click here

Dick Thornburgh Forum Awards

Each year the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy offer a series of grant awards for faculty, students, and law school students. More information on each of these awards can be found below. 

  • Dick Thornburgh Faculty Academic Support Grants provide funding to faculty to use the Thornburgh Archive Collection of real case studies to enrich courses. Click here to learn more. 
  • Dick Thornburgh Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships offers resarch funding to students to develop primary source research skills using the Thornburgh Archive collection. Click here to learn more. 
  • J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Government Service honors graduating law school students for their commitment to government services. Click here to learn more. 
  • Dick Thornburgh Prize for Legal Service honors graduating law school students for their pro bono dedication to legal aid. Click here to learn more. 
  • Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award honors Pitt students making a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Click here to learn more.