The Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award

We are honored to announce Jonathan Duvall as the inaugural recipient of the Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award!

Learn about Jon's accomplishments and his dedication to working for people with disabilities by using this link:


The Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award is available each year to a University of Pittsburgh student from any campus whose service has made a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

This award allocates $4000 each year.  Candidates may be nominated by a University of Pittsburgh faculty or staff member or may apply themselves. The applicant may or may not have a disability.  The winner is selected by a review committee of University of Pittsburgh faculty members and administrators.

This award will be presented on the occasion of the Thornburgh Family Lecture in Disability Law and Policy.  Dick and Ginny Thornburgh endowed this lecture series with the proceeds of the $50,000 Henry B. Betts Award presented to them in 2003.  The series has been aided additionally with grants and other support from the Office of the Chancellor, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Law, and the University Honors College.

No mission pursued by Dick and Ginny Thornburgh is more important than promoting institutional protections, public understanding, and the political voice of people with disabilities.  The impact of the Thornburghs’ leadership is well known and far-reaching, for virtually all Americans have been touched with a disability themselves or closely related to someone who is.