Fr. Scully Wins Simon Prize; Featured in ‘Forbes’

Fathers Tom Gaughan, Timothy Scully and Joe Carey entering the 2011 ACE Missioning Mass

Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., co-founder of the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, has won the 2013 Simon Prize for lifetime achievement in social entrepreneurship. He is featured in the Oct. 14th issue “Forbes.”

Fr. Scully’s award, which includes a $100,000 honorarium, is named for William E. Simon, former treasury secretary and pioneer private equity fund leader. Other notable winners include Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross, and Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN. It is awarded annually by the Manhattan Institute to those who develop effective and original approaches to dealing with social problems and who also rely on private funding and volunteers to see their ideas to fruition.

Fr. Scully is currently the director of the Institute on Educational Initiatives (IEI) at Notre Dame, where he also continues to serve as a political science professor and formerly served as academic vice president. IEI includes a number of education-related initiatives at ND, including ACE. The 20-year-old ACE program trainstalented and well-prepared young teachers and then sends them into some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country. In return, participants get a stipend and a master’s degree in education from Notre Dame.By forming a new generation of committed, faith-filled Catholic school teachers, ACE seeks to sustain and strengthen Catholic education, especially in under-resourced schools.

The story, written by Howard Husock, a “Forbes” contributor who is one of the directors of the Manhattan Institute’s awards program, focuses on the success of the ACE program during a time when funds are difficult to come by and Catholic schools are finding it harder to staff classrooms to teach their more than 2.5 million students.

Read the entire “Forbes” story on Fr. Scully on the magazine’s website.

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