March 13, 2020


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. Many of our 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 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 University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and then chose politics over law. He worked on the presidential campaigns of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in 1980, Walter F. Mondale in 1984, Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis in 1988.


 Please email your nominations to me by Friday, March 13, at Nominations may come from faculty, students, administration, and staff. Self-nominations are also 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 Center for Community Engagement, will interview finalists before awarding the prize.


Please send the nominations to If you have questions please contact me by email or call 610-330-5402.




Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller, Professor,

Department of Government and Law

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Joshua Miller