Rev. Tim Scully receives Manhattan Institute's William E. Simon Prize

by Jane Morrow

Rev Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C. receives the award from Howard Husock, Manhattan Institute vice president of policy research and director of the institute’s social entrepreneurship initiative.

Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., Hackett Family Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and professor of political science, was awarded the $100,000 William E. Simon Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Social Entrepreneurship by the Manhattan Institute for founding and leading the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).

Father received the award during ceremonies Nov. 5 (Tuesday) in New York. The monetary prize was given to the Congregation of Holy Cross to support its worldwide education mission.

ACE, founded by Father Scully in 1993, is a component of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. The program trains hundreds of Catholic school teachers and leaders annually to serve predominantly under-resourced schools, provides an array of research-based professional services and builds broad networks of support for schools in more than 75 dioceses across the United States. ACE’s long-term goal is to help transform the Catholic school system to ensure every child has the chance to enjoy the lifelong benefits of attaining a high-quality education.

To mark ACE’s 20 years of service, Notre Dame has launched the Fighting for Our Children’s Future National Bus Tour, a cross-country effort to raise awareness of the profound impact that K-12 schools have on the future of the nation’s children and to celebrate the unique role that Catholic schools play as agents of human formation and social transformation.

Visiting nearly 50 cities during the 2013-14 academic year, the tour began earlier this month in Dallas and will continue through the Midwest and East Coast in the fall, and the South, Southwest and West Coast in the spring. The bus will be in New York when Father Scully receives the award.