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Patricia Ann Heinaman Award

The Patricia Ann Heinaman Award provides an annual stipend of $250 for an undergraduate student who has excelled in their academic work and has made a meaningful difference in community service and advocacy. The award recognizes Ms. Heinaman’s tireless efforts to advance policy and issues related to affordable housing on both the regional and national level.

Ms. Heinaman embodied the true essence of public service and dedicated her entire career to helping both individuals and communities in ways that were meaningful, substantive, and lasting. She worked for the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments distributing federal money throughout the region for assisted housing construction, and later for the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission acquiring and developing low and moderate income housing. She later founded the Montgomery Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization which renovates distressed properties or builds new units for families in need. Her final contribution was with the National Housing Trust in Washington, D.C., where she assisted in housing unit acquisition and renovation on a national level. Ms. Heinaman graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science from the School of Public Affairs of the American University in 1971. She was married for 34 years to Keith Schiszik, also a graduate of AU’s School of Public Affairs and, later the Washington College of Law.

Selection for the award will be made by chair of the Government Department.

2010-2011 Awardee


Brian Hanson
Hometown: Yardville, NJ
Class of 2012
BA/Political Science

Brian is a junior studying political science and an active member of the AU community. This past year, Brian served as a freshman service experience leader. Under his leadership, Brian’s group won an Eagle Endowment grant to continue their project with at-risk children through City Gate. Brian interned with Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen and is a committed volunteer with Bethesda Cares, an organization that provides a warm meal and essential supplies to the local homeless. Brian plans to pursue a career in housing, health, or labor policy in order to be an advocate for those most in need.