The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award

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. Laureate nominations are reviewed by a committee of Saint Xavier faculty, staff and students, and a recipient is typically selected by mid-October. Student Laureate Medallions are presented annually in late October or early November at an award ceremony in the Hall of Representatives of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Saint Xavier's Student Laureate is also honored at the annual University Awards day in April.

Each Student Laureate will be presented the following in recognition of outstanding achievement:

  • The Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • The Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award (in the amount of $1,000)

Procedure

  • Complete the online Lincoln Award Nomination Form to nominate a student. Nomination submissions are reviewed by the selection committee.
  • Nominees must be graduating in 2020 with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Nominees must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Nominations may come from faculty, staff or students. Students may self-nominate.
  • Nominations are due on Monday, September 16, 2019.
  • Students who are nominated will be promptly notified and invited to apply. Completed applications are due in Student Life (Warde L-103) on Friday, September 27, 2019.
  • The Selection Committee reviews all materials and submits a recommendation which is forwarded to the University President for a final decision.

Note: The Student Laureate will attend the 45th Annual Student Laureate Award Ceremony on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Springfield, Illinois.

Past Recipients

  • Susannah Marevka and President Joyner2018 - Susannah Marevka (pictured right with President Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D.)
  • 2017 - Esraa Aburass
  • 2016 - Meghan Hill
  • 2015 - Anna Goldman
  • 2014 - Brooke McInerney
  • 2013 - Lauren Bryk
  • 2012 - Darryl Brown
  • 2011 - Julie Keller
  • 2010 - Aarika Zarnick
  • 2009 - Sarah Rakauskas
  • 2008 - Alyson Kelly
  • 2007 - Angelo Bonadonna
  • 2006 - Andrea Wydra
  • 2005 - Sean Gross
  • 2004 - LaTisha Collins
  • 2003 - Tessa Murphy
  • 2002 - Mary Farrell
  • 2001 - Erin Cogan
  • 2000 - Ranell Cunningham
  • 1999 - Martha Carbol
  • 1998 - Rachael Cwiok
  • 1997 - Michael Boyle
  • 1996 - Jim Litland
  • 1995 - Carolyn Cherian
  • 1994 - Julia Prunicki
  • 1993 - Heidi McDowell
  • 1992 - Jean Janicke
  • 1991 - Cynthia Masterson
  • 1990 - Emelie Ilarde
  • 1989 - Andrew Wodka
  • 1988 - Mark Ertler
  • 1987 - Lawrence Corridon
  • 1986 - Linda Dimitropoulos
  • 1985 - Renee Popovits
  • 1984 - Eugene Rabbitt
  • 1983 - Brian Swift
  • 1982 - Phyllis Jarrett
  • 1981 - James Connelly
  • 1980 - Mary Ann Roccaforte