THE LINCOLN ACADEMY

OF ILLINOIS


HONORS

GREAT ILLINOISANS

Each fall, an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Proceeds from the Annual Convocation Celebration are used toward the Student Laureate Program.

Since the program’s inception in 1975, over 2,000 students have been so honored.

To visit the 2017 Student Laureate
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"To honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name we bear..."

The Lincoln Academy of IllinoisThe Lincoln Academy of Illinois

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

MISSION STATEMENT

To honor individuals whose outstanding contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name we bear. These individuals, reflective of the diverse populace of the State of Illinois, are named Laureates of the Academy and receive the “Order of Lincoln,” the State of Illinois’ highest award, at an annual Convocation.

To honor one outstanding senior from each of the four year not-for-profit degree granting institutions and one outstanding senior from among all of the community college students who, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, demonstrated leadership and service in his or her campus or community and excellence in curricular and co-curricular programs, to be named Student Laureates and receive the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and the Lincoln Medallion.

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HAVE YOU SEEN... the theater that our 54th Convocation, Celebration, and Concert will take place in?! It’s truly ASTOUNDING! Take a look at this historic landmark, Coronado Performing Arts Center, in Rockford IL. These beautiful photos were captured by a cell phone so you can only imagine what the real thing looks like! It takes your breath away!

Reserve your free tickets to attend here. (Reservation required) LAOIL.eventbrite.comDawn Wulf (Dawn Wulf Photography) usually captures beautiful photos through the lens of a camera, but she obviously has a great eye with whatever creative tools she has in front of her. Look at these gorgeous photos she captured of Rockford's Wonder Theatre, The Coronado, through her phone.

"The extraordinary beautiful Coronado taken with a cell phone! It doesn't stand a candle to the real thing but I wanted to share anyway..." –Dawn Wulf

Thank you for capturing this and for sharing it with us, Dawn! We continue to be inspired and in awe of the Coronado and it's beauty daily. We find encouragement and happiness that the community loves our Crown Jewel, The Coronado.
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HAVE YOU SEEN... the theater that our 54th Convocation, Celebration, and Concert will take place in?! It’s truly ASTOUNDING! Take a look at this historic landmark, Coronado Performing Arts Center, in Rockford IL. These beautiful photos were captured by a cell phone so you can only imagine what the real thing looks like! It takes your breath away! 

Reserve your free tickets to attend here. (Reservation required) https://LAOIL.eventbrite.com

Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2018 Laureate Richard M. (Dick) Butkus of Chicago, Illinois was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League in 1965 after a stellar career as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is widely regarded as one of the best linebackers of all time. He played nine seasons for the Bears, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, and has been recognized with virtually every award available in his sport at both the collegiate and professional levels.
Following his career as a player, Butkus appeared in more than a dozen movies, a variety of television shows, and has been supportive of charitable activities through The Butkus Foundation, Inc. Tickets available at LAOIL2018.eventbrite.com
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Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2018 Laureate Richard M. (Dick) Butkus of Chicago, Illinois was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League in 1965 after a stellar career as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is widely regarded as one of the best linebackers of all time. He played nine seasons for the Bears, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, and has been recognized with virtually every award available in his sport at both the collegiate and professional levels. 
Following his career as a player, Butkus appeared in more than a dozen movies, a variety of television shows, and has been supportive of charitable activities through The Butkus Foundation, Inc. Tickets available at http://LAOIL2018.eventbrite.com
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Robert Malott, Class of 1995 Lincoln LaureateOur condolences to the family of Robert Malott (Class of 1995 Lincoln Laureate). Bob was a true original. He had a larger than life personality, a quick sense of humor, and lived his life with great passion, joy and purpose.

He and his wife, Elizabeth Hubert ‘Ibby’ Malott, a Regent of the Academy and instrumental in the design and development of the Student Laureate Program, were loyal allies of the organization for many years.