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Lincoln Laureate Award

Each year the Lincoln Academy of Illinois honors outstanding college seniors with the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award. This award is presented to one senior from each of the four-year degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the fifty states, was established in 1964 to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. Since 1975, nominated student laureates are honored each fall at a ceremony and luncheon at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.


All graduating, undergraduate seniors are eligible to nominate themselves or to be nominated by a DePaul University faculty or staff member. ​​


At the Student Laureate Convocation, each Student Laureate will receive the $1,000 Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, A Lincoln Academy medallion, and a certificate of honor. Additionally, the student will be recognized at DePaul University's Leadership Recognition Ceremony. ​

How to Nominate and Selection Process

  1. Eligible students nominate themselves or are nominated by DePaul University faculty and/or staff using this form by the nomination deadline of October 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  2. Nominated students will be given the opportunity to write a supporting statement/narrative and must submit by October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
  3. Applications will be reviewed by DePaul University's Lincoln Laureate Student Selection Committee the following week with a winner chosen by October 24, 2018.
  4. The nominated student will be invited to attend the Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State House in Springfield, IL, to receive her/his award, followed by a luncheon for all the Student Laureates at the Governor's Mansion on Saturday, November 17, 2018. *DePaul University will sponsor travel for student and one guest to the convocation.*
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