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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 2014 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted. The deadline is Thursday, March 20, 2014. Recipients will be recognized during a luncheon on Saturday, April 26.

Award Criteria

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

  • Must be graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2014.
  • 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 20, 2014.

Award Selection and Presentation

Up to 25 recipients will be chosen and recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 26, 2014. More information will be sent to those selected the second week in April.

2013 Recipients

2013 Distinguished Senior Award Winners

Recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Senior Award were: Ashley Aardsma, Kaci Abolt, Lucas Balaminut, Bradley Bartosz, Stephanie Boehlke, Bianca Capezio, Christopher Cox, Lena Elmuti, William Fernandez, Michelle Hartnett, Kaj Holm, Barbara Kruckmeyer, Amanda Long, Sarah Lueken, Stefanie Mahan, Brian Mateas, Douglas Mateas, Lindsay Melchiorri, Kelsey Myers, Jennifer O'Brien, Danielle O'Brill, Sarah Schlund, Allen Spargur, Brianna Wojnowski.