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 2010-2011 school year (August 2010, December 2010 or May 2011).
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 early November 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:
- 2009 – Shay Galto; Psychology and History
- 2008 – Angela Rosc; Biological Sciences
- 2007 – Ben Gross; Political Science/Politics
- 2006 – Samie Chaudhry; Political Science/Public Administration and Service, and Geography
- 2005 – Michelle Garrison; Art Education
- 2004 – Ben Ogle; Political Science/International Politics, and History
- 2003 – Roberto Bento; Economics
- 2002 – Shannon Finlayson; Mathematics Education and Computer Science Theoretical
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.
Contact the Scholarship Office for more information, including the electronic nomination form. The deadline for completed nomination forms is noon Monday, Sept. 20.