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 can nominate themselves or be nominated
by a DePaul faculty/staff through this form. The
nomination deadline is September 25th,
2019, at 5:00 p.m.
2. Nominated students will have the opportunity to write a
supporting statement which must be submitted by September 30th, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. Any students wishing to
self-nominate will still have the opportunity to submit their forms through
this deadline as well.
3. Applications will be reviewed by DePaul University's
Lincoln Laureate Student Selection Committee the following week with a
recipient chosen by October 7, 2018.
4. In November, the recipient will be invited to attend the
Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State House in Springfield, IL, to
receive their award. This will be followed by a luncheon for all the Student
Laureates at the Governor's Mansion.
*DePaul University will sponsor travel for student and one
guest to the convocation.*