WASHINGTON, DC - The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has presented its prestigious Scholar-Patriot award to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in honor of his distinguished service to the Academy, the community, and the nation. The recognition is granted for the extraordinary contributions of individuals who share the founding fathers’ vision of service. Sen. Kennedy is the fourth individual to receive the 229-year-old Academy’s Scholar-Patriot award.
The Academy recognized Sen. Kennedy for his four decades as a fierce defender of the ideals of opportunity, equity, and justice, and for his stalwart support of science and the humanities. Throughout his career, he has been tireless in his efforts to ensure quality education and health care for all Americans. He was instrumental to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. From his first major bill on immigration reform to his recent call for renewed commitment to community service, Sen. Kennedy has championed an open and inclusive society.
Kennedy was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002.