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.

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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..."

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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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Since being named Bradley University Student Laureate in 2015, Kristin Kreher graduated with her Bachelor's in Communications.

She went on to pursue her Master's in Student Affairs Administration at Ball State University, graduating in July 2017. While at Ball State, She worked as a Student Center Programs Graduate Assistant and a Greek Life Graduate Intern.

In June 2017, she began working at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) as the Coordinator for Student Programs and Promotions. She is currently responsible for facilitating student development and leadership through student activities, organizations, and programming.

“My path has been guided by a commitment to serving others and helping build up those around me. I enjoy investing my time, energy, and talents into the students I advise and supervise, my colleagues, and my family and friends.”
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Since being named Bradley University Student Laureate in 2015, Kristin Kreher graduated with her Bachelors in Communications. 

She went on to pursue her Masters in Student Affairs Administration at Ball State University, graduating in July 2017. While at Ball State, She worked as a Student Center Programs Graduate Assistant and a Greek Life Graduate Intern. 
 
In June 2017, she began working at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) as the Coordinator for Student Programs and Promotions. She is currently responsible for facilitating student development and leadership through student activities, organizations, and programming. 
 
“My path has been guided by a commitment to serving others and helping build up those around me. I enjoy investing my time, energy, and talents into the students I advise and supervise, my colleagues, and my family and friends.”

Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2018 Laureate: An alumnus of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Steven Chen was a co-founder and the chief technology officer of YouTube. In 1999, Steve arrived in Silicon Valley to join PayPal after studying Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On his first day at PayPal, Steve met Chad Hurley, who would later become his YouTube co-founder.

Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He was the CTO of YouTube during its major growth phase. He helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition for $1.65 billion, less than a year after launching the site. As the key technologist, Steve developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination, and one of the most popular websites on the Internet today.

Steve has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities including Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year,” Time magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year”, and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.” Steve joins GV from AVOS, the incubator he founded with Chad Hurley in 2011. #LAofIL54
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Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2018 Laureate: An alumnus of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Steven Chen was a co-founder and the chief technology officer of YouTube. In 1999, Steve arrived in Silicon Valley to join PayPal after studying Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On his first day at PayPal, Steve met Chad Hurley, who would later become his YouTube co-founder.

Steve was instrumental in building YouTube into a viral video phenomenon. He was the CTO of YouTube during its major growth phase. He helped lead YouTube through the Google acquisition for $1.65 billion, less than a year after launching the site. As the key technologist, Steve developed the company’s massive data centers and helped build YouTube into a premier entertainment destination, and one of the most popular websites on the Internet today.

Steve has received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities including Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ’s “Men of the Year,” Time magazine’s “Best Invention of the Year”, and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.” Steve joins GV from AVOS, the incubator he founded with Chad Hurley in 2011. #LAofIL54
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