Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award

The Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of NIU's top graduating students. Each year, this award is given to an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois.

NIU department leaders: please review and complete the nomination form.

All NIU faculty are encouraged to put forward excellent nominees for endorsement consideration by their department.

Nomination Information

  • Nominations are due Monday, March 18, 2024.
  • You will answer four questions about the nominee in the nomination form.
  • You are no longer required to provide letters and CV documents for this step of the process; student nominees will be contacted for additional information.

Student Nominee Requirements

  • Be an NIU rising senior who is graduating in fall 2024, spring 2025 or summer 2025.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student through to graduation.
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or better at the end of the spring 2023 semester.
  • Be nominated by a department; multiple units can collaborate to nominate a specific student, which is appropriate if a student has more than one departmental home.

Students: upon being notified of your nomination, please submit a personal statement and résumé by Monday, March 25, 2024.

Past Award Recipients


I always tell myself you can start anywhere. The smallest things you can do now can grow into bigger things. Just take a step at a time. With every accomplishment, every achievement, it showed me I’m capable of anything I put my mind to
Merveille Muyizere, NIU 2023 Lincoln Laureate Reciepant

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