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.
THE LINCOLN ACADEMY
Friends of Laureate Sergeant Robert James Miller.
Major General John Borling, Chancellor Tom Johnson,
Rock Island 2013
Governor Pat Quinn
and Senator Hillary Clinton,
for Laureate Robert Gilmore,
Procession, Peoria 2016
Shirley Madigan, Ethel Holladay, Jane Denes, Gayl Pyatt
Frank Clark, Chicago 2017
Emeritus Member Peter Alexander
and Regent Eric Trimble