Edinboro University seeks nominations for annual humanitarian awards



Edinboro University is accepting nominations for an individual whose contributions to society reflect the spirit, philosophy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Additionally, Edinboro seeks nominations for an individual who strongly believes in equality and social justice – in remembrance of the late Edinboro professor Dr. Joseph Laythe.

Edinboro is once again collecting submissions for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Laythe awards, which will both be presented during the annual awards luncheon on March 10, 2022.

To nominate a candidate, please submit the online application no later than Friday, Dec. 3. All applications will be reviewed by the selection committee, which is comprised of Edinboro University students, staff, faculty and administrators and then approved by Edinboro University Interim President Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson.

Nominations will be reviewed using the following criteria:

Any student, faculty, staff or community resident may nominate leaders who exemplify the spirit, philosophy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the namesake award. Dating back to 1997, the award has honored dozens of prominent citizens in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Dr. Joseph Laythe Award honors the late Edinboro University professor, a 2014 recipient of the MLK Award, who believed strongly in equality and was wholly committed to social justice. This award will celebrate a student champion who stands up for equality both on campus and in the community.

If selected, nominees and their nominators will be notified in early 2022 and asked to attend the awards celebration in person to be recognized. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Dr. Terrence Mitchell, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at tamitchell@edinboro.edu or by telephone at 814-732-1259.

With photo: Edinboro’s 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award was presented to Luther R. Manus, Jr. of Erie (right), in recognition of his distinguished military career and steadfast commitment to education and equality. Zeila Ann Hobson (left), a senior majoring in Psychology with minors in Pre-Law and Journalism, was awarded the Dr. Joseph Laythe Award for championing social justice on and off campus.