Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award

Annually, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is chosen to receive the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award.

Lincoln Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in both curricular and co-curricular activities. The NIU Student Laureate should have an NIU grade point average of 3.50 or higher and should have demonstrated leadership in extra-curricular activities.

To be considered, a student must be an undergraduate senior graduating from NIU during the 2018-2019 school year (August 2018, December 2018 or May 2019).

The person selected will represent the university and attend one of the most distinguished gatherings in the state, a special ceremony to be held in the House of Representatives of the Illinois State Capitol. Governor Bruce Rauner (or a designee) will present each Student Laureate with a Lincoln Academy Medallion and a modest financial award. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon. The recipient's nominator will be asked to represent the university at this event.

Application Requirements

Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. 

A total of two forms are required for each student:

  • one nomination form, and
  • one supporting recommendation form.

No more than two supporting recommendation forms will be considered. 

The deadline to submit forms for 2018 has passed.


For more information, visit The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Recent Recipients

  • 2017 - Rachel Jacob
  • 2016 - Rebecca Rasmussen
  • 2015 - Kiran Gill
  • 2014 - Abby Jeppson
  • 2013 - Sarah Stuebing

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