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 2022-2023 school year (August 2022, December 2022 or May 2023).

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 J.B. Pritzker (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.

Nomination Requirements

Students must be nominated by a department. Multiple departments can collaborate to nominate a specific student (appropriate when a student has more than one departmental home). Each department must submit a department nomination letter and an additional letter of support from a faculty or staff member.

A total of three items are required for each student:

  • One department nomination.
  • One supporting recommendation form.
  • Résumé/CV

Please complete the following intent to nominate form for each student you plan to nominate for the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award. Once you complete this form, you will receive an invitation to a OneDrive folder where you can upload all your candidate's materials.

Nomination Form

The tentative deadline to submit nominations and support forms for 2022-2023 is Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at noon.

For more information, visit The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

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