Prize Criteria

Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life seeks to honor public figures who showed authentic courageous civility in an important moment and/or those who have demonstrated steadfast civility throughout their career.

Prize recipients should also be passionate, partisan advocates of their principles and values. While not precluding historic instances of civility or figures who have graced the political arena in the past, preference will be given to candidates who currently hold elective office. All nominations will be examined by a diverse and prominent committee which will make recommendations to Allegheny College President Mullen. Then, President Mullen and Allegheny College will determine the two winners.