Greg Mortenson Rejects $100,000 Award From University of Louisville

09/19/2011 10:04 am ET | Updated Nov 19, 2011

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson has turned down a $100,000 award by the University of Louisville.

Mortenson, in a statement Friday by the university, described the Grawemeyer Award in Education as "a great honor," but said he turned it down "as a way to acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice" of others who "continue to promote peace through education."

The university's board of trustees voted in April to give the award to Mortenson, days before a "60 Minutes" investigation raised questions about the veracity of his books and the work of the charitable organization he co-founded, the Central Asia Institute.


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