An outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is chosen each year 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 3.5 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 2012-2013 school year (August 2012, December 2012 or May 2013).
The person selected will represent the university and attend one of the most distinguished gatherings in the state, a special ceremony to be held Saturday, Nov. 3, in the House of Representatives of the Illinois State Capitol.
Gov. Pat Quinn (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. Nominator(s) of the recipient will be asked to represent the university at this event.
Past NIU Lincoln Laureates include:
- 2011: Nora Lindvall; English and Political Science
- 2010: Kate Green; Political Science and Economics
- 2009: Shay Galto; Psychology and History
- 2008: Angela Rosc; Biological Sciences
- 2007: Ben Gross; Political Science/Politics
Students must be nominated by an NIU administrator, a faculty member or a staff member. Students who meet the criteria may ask faculty members in their respective departments to consider nominating them.
The deadline for completed nomination forms is noon Friday, Sept. 14.