The Schwartz Prize

Recognizing outstanding work in the humanities

About the Schwartz Prize

Every year, the Federation of State Humanities Councils awards the Schwartz Prize to up to three councils for outstanding work in the public humanities. The prize is funded through an endowment from founding Federation board member Martin Schwartz and his wife Helen.

About the Judges

The Schwartz Prize judges are selected from the previous year’s winners and typically include a board member, an executive director, and a council staff member.

In 2015, the three Schwartz Prizes went to the following councils: California Humanities for War Ink, Maryland Humanities for Hometown Teams: Galesville Community Center and Humanities Montana for Hometown Humanities.

2016 Schwartz Prize Winner

Call for Nominations

Schwartz Prize Stock ImageThe 2016 Call for Nominations is now closed. Click below to view the 2016 criteria. Information regarding the 2017 Schwartz Prize Call for Nominations will be distributed early 2017.

View the Nominating Criteria

Congratulations to Michigan Humanities Council

The 2016 Schwartz Prize was awarded at the National Humanities Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

View the Announcement

View the 2016 Schwartz Prize Nominees:


Visit our program finder to view all Schwartz Prize nominees and winners (sort by National Initiative).

Martin and Helen Schwartz
Founders of the Schwartz Prize Endowment