Tony Hill Memorial Award


Tony Hill

Tony Hill

Request for Nominations

The 12th Annual UC Santa Cruz Tony Hill Memorial Award is selected in recognition of an individual in Santa Cruz County who exemplifies the work and efforts of the late Tony Hill. This award honors individuals for their efforts in seeking solutions to economic and social issues that face our local community, developing innovative approaches and building bridges among diverse populations. The Tony Hill Memorial Award recipient will be recognized at the UC Santa Cruz annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation.

The 2020 Tony Hill Award winner will designate a $500.00 donation to the organization of their choice.

Nomination Process

Members of the Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz community are invited to nominate individuals. Any individual from Santa Cruz County who meets the criteria and is actively engaged in service benefiting the community in Santa Cruz County may be nominated.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, January 18, 2020 to UC Santa Cruz Special Events Office.

Submit your nomination

Criteria for Nomination

  1. The individual is actively engaged in the social and economic issues that face our community and seeks to provide tools to work toward solutions.
  2. The individual demonstrates hands-on service that results in building connections among diverse groups, promoting equality and justice.
  3. The individual’s activities reflect innovative or unique approaches to solving social problems

2019 Tony Hill Memorial Award Recipient: Rabbi Paula Marcus

Rabbi Paula Marcus

Rabbi Paula Marcus received her BA in Judaic studies from SUNY Binghamton. She received her rabbinic ordination and her masters from the Academy of Jewish Religion in 2004. Rabbi Marcus sees activism and social justice as an important part of Jewish values. She serves on the National board of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and has facilitated workshops for Jewish Funds for Justice, Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, (our local Industrial Areas Foundation affiliate), and the National Religious Action Center. She is one of the co-founders of Out in Our Faith and a leader in the Tent of Abraham.

Rabbi Paula Marcus has designated Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA) to receive her $500 award.