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 faculty or staff member. The nominator is responsible for soliciting a supporting recommendation from another faculty or staff member. . If a student is being nominated by multiple departments, each department can submit a nomination and a letter of recommendation

A total of three items are required for each student:

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

Please use the nomination form below to complete your intent. We will create a OneDrive for your student to make the submission process easier.

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.

Recent Recipients

Contact Us

Scholarships and Grants
University Honors Program
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

Jason Goode
815-753-9509

jason@niu.edu