The Dick Thornburgh Disability Service Award

The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy is proud to announce the availability of the Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award for 2024.  This $5,000 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.

Candidates for this award may be nominated by a University of Pittsburgh faculty member or staff member or they may apply themselves. The applicant may or may not have a disability.  The winner is selected by a review committee of University of Pittsburgh administrators.

This award is associated with the annual Thornburgh Family Lecture in Disability Law & Policy.  The late Governor Dick Thornburgh and Ms. 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, Pitt Law, the Office of Disability Resources and Services, and the David C. Frederick Honors College.


The deadline to apply for the 2024 Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award is:



List of award recipients:

2021 - Anna Marie Clark

2021 - Alison Mahoney

2019 - Timothy Grebeck

2018 - Heather Tomko

2017 - Dr. Jonothan Duvall

Banner photo: Inaugural Dick Thornburgh Disability Service Award recipient, Dr. Jon Duvall, receiving congrats by Dick and Ginny Thornburgh.