A sidney prize is an award that recognises people who have made a difference to humanity. This can be through their work or their ability to inspire others to do the same. There are a number of different types of sidney prize available, from business awards to scientific awards. Some of these are based on specific fields, such as engineering or linguistics. One example is the Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize, which is aimed at encouraging young writers to get involved in social change.
This year, the prize has gone to Nazanin Boniadi, who is an activist for women’s rights in Iran. She is fighting to turn outrage into action and has been a tireless advocate for justice for all. Her efforts are inspiring and we hope that the award will help her to continue her work in this area.
The award was presented to her at a ceremony in the City Hall of Sydney on 10 August. The prize money is AUD$25,000 and was donated by Event Cinemas, which sponsored the event. Nazanin said that the prize was a huge honour for her and that she would use it to fund further activism and to continue to promote human rights in Iran.
In addition to the Sydney Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Society also awards a scholarship in memory of Sidney Hook, a distinguished scholar who was committed to the ideals of liberal education. The $20,000 scholarship is intended to encourage scholars who demonstrate national distinction in research, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal education. It is also meant to encourage students to pursue a life of scholarship and research, and to honor those who have demonstrated the highest standards of academic excellence.
The Hillman Foundation was founded in 1950 to honor and foster investigative journalism and deep storytelling in service to the public good. It has honored contributors to the daily and periodical press, as well as authors and broadcasters. In recent years, the foundation has given prizes to journalists who are working on topics ranging from health and human rights to politics and economics.
The Sidney Hook Memorial Award is an award given by Phi Beta Kappa to a scholar who has shown exemplary scholarship and undergradate teaching, as well as leadership in the cause of liberal education. The prize is named in memory of Sidney Hook, whose commitment to the principles of the Society was unwavering. Among the many other things that he achieved, he was instrumental in the development of Phi Beta Kappa’s national program on the defense of academic freedom. The National Association of Scholars offers this award at its annual conference to honor his memory and to encourage future generations of scholars to follow in his footsteps. The winner of the prize receives $10,000 to support his or her scholarly work.