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The most distinguished seniors at EIU are individuals who have enriched the university community with their active involvement in all facets of campus life. The Distinguished Senior Awards recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards.

Nominations and applications for the 2015 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Thursday, March 26, 2015. Recipients will be recognized during a luncheon on Saturday, April 25.

Award Criteria

To apply for this honor, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2015.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.

The deadline to apply/nominate is Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Award Selection and Presentation

Up to 25 recipients will be chosen and recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 25, 2015. More information will be sent to those selected the second week in April.

2014 Recipients

2014 Distinguished Senior Award Winners

Recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Senior Award were: Geena Anselmo, Maria Buhrmann, Elizabeth Burbatt, Sabrina Cantrell, Michael Cheval, Coleman Covington, Alyssa Doranksi, Emily Dupuis, Kaylia Eskew, Rachael Fecht, Phyllis Frimpong, Whitney Greger, Justin Hensley, Elizabeth Lamb, Megan Miller, Allison Moran, Katherine Ozark, Anna Percival, Zach Samples, Jennifer Seiler, Nicholas Tieman, Bianca Tomlin, Kandice Westray, Ben Wilburn, and Brandy Woods.