Dole Leadership Prize

The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. The prize includes a $25,000 award.

Past Dole Leadership Prizes

Dole Leadership Prize


Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City

July 21, 2003

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani received the inaugural Dole Leadership Prize for his valiant leadership during the September 11 attacks in 2001.…

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George McGovern, U.S. Senator

September 13, 2004

George McGovern received the 2004 Dole Leadership Prize for his bipartisan leadership style, including his work with Bob Dole to pass significant, bipartisan legislation in the Senate.…

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Lech Wałęsa, former President of Poland

September 22, 2005

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Former President of Poland, Leader of Solidarity

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Howard H. Baker, Jr., U.S. Senator (2006 Prize Recipient)

April 22, 2007

Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker received the 2006 Dole Leadership Prize for his leadership in the Senate, as White House Chief of Staff, and as Ambassador.…

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John Lewis, U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights activist

October 21, 2007

Congressman John Lewis received the 2007 Dole Leadership Prize for his courageous leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and his commitment to creating positive change through the political system.Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human…

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George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States

November 16, 2008

George H.W. Bush received the 2008 Dole Leadership Prize for his long career in public service.…

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Donna Shalala, former Health and Human Services Secretary

September 28, 2009

Donna Shalala received the 2009 Dole Leadership Prize for her long record of public service, including acting as co-chair of the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors with former Sen. Bob Dole. Chosen in 2007 by President George W. Bush,…

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Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II (WASP)

October 03, 2010

In 2010, the Dole Institute of Politics awarded the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II with the Dole Leadership Prize for their courage and contributions during the war.…

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Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine

September 19, 2011

Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine, received the 2011 Dole Leadership Prize.…

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Wounded Warrior Project

October 14, 2012

With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they achieve new triumphs. WWP was the recipient of the 2012 Dole Leadership Prize. Wounded Warriors, a WWP…

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Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa

October 27, 2013

The Dole Institute of Politics was proud to honor Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, as the 2013 Dole Leadership Prize recipient. Mandela's great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, accepted the prize on the former president's behalf. The…

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John D. Kemp, president & CEO of The Viscardi Center

December 14, 2014

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics honored John D. Kemp, president & CEO of the Viscardi Center, with the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. The prize was awarded during an interview with Mr. Kemp, who uses his own life with a disability to…

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