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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Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2018 Laureate:
Emily Bear of Rockford, Illinois, at only 16-years of age, has achieved groundbreaking success as a pianist, composer, and songwriter. A chart-topping recording artist, she enjoys arranging, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles including jazz, classical, film music and pop. Having made her professional debut at the Ravinia Festival at five years old, she has since performed at many of the worlds’ most well-known venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. Symphonies across the world have performed Emily’s original compositions and she has helped raise millions for charities across the globe through performances and events.
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Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2018 Laureate:
Emily Bear of Rockford, Illinois, at only 16-years of age, has achieved groundbreaking success as a pianist, composer, and songwriter. A chart-topping recording artist, she enjoys arranging, orchestrating, and performing in a diverse collection of styles including jazz, classical, film music and pop. Having made her professional debut at the Ravinia Festival at five years old, she has since performed at many of the worlds’ most well-known venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. Symphonies across the world have performed Emily’s original compositions and she has helped raise millions for charities across the globe through performances and events.

21-year-old Connor McGury is studying Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management with minors in Mandarin Chinese, Finance, and International Business. He was I’m humbled to be able to represent North Central College in receiving this year’s Lincoln Academy Student Laureate award. “It’s really a great feeling to be recognized in my senior year for my achievements throughout my time in college. I hope to use this as a way to encourage underclassman to get involved and take on any opportunities that present themselves.” #LAofILSL43 ... See MoreSee Less

21-year-old Connor McGury is studying Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management with minors in Mandarin Chinese, Finance, and International Business. He was I’m humbled to be able to represent North Central College in receiving this year’s Lincoln Academy Student Laureate award. “It’s really a great feeling to be recognized in my senior year for my achievements throughout my time in college. I hope to use this as a way to encourage underclassman to get involved and take on any opportunities that present themselves.” #LAofILSL43
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