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EIU Alumni Services

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 Award 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 2020 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted.  The deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020. 


About the Distinguished Senior Awards

Award Criteria

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

  • Must be graduating in the Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.

2019 Award Selection and Presentation

Twenty-five recipients were chosen and will be recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The 2019 recipients are: Cassandra Berlin, Plainfield, IL -- Samantha Boomgarden, Normal, IL -- D. Kameron Browning, Mattoon, IL -- Sarah Bryden, Jerseyville, IL -- Ashlee Burton, Charleston, IL -- Christina Calcagno, Philo, IL -- Abigail Carlin, Naperville, IL -- Joseph Carter, Woodridge, IL -- Hope Christensen, Bettendorf, IA -- Carlos Collins, Chicago, IL -- Kaityln Ebert, Foley, AL -- Allison Endsley, Charleston, IL -- Jennifer Folami, University Park, IL -- Sam Gilbert, Sandwich, IL -- Carole Hodorowicz, Chicago, IL -- Audrey Kupferschmid, Decatur, IL -- Shirley Mensah, Lockport, IL -- Claire Overland, Tinley Park, IL -- Ashley Parola, Mundelein, IL -- Tara Puterbaugh, Chillicothe, IL -- Audrey Rex, Lemont, IL -- Aubrey Schuh, Bourbonnais, IL -- Benjamin Shank, Rochelle, IL -- Srishti Slaria, Pathankot, India -- Anastasiya Vynnytska, Ukraine



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Contact Information

By Mail:

EIU Alumni Services
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-7206

In Person/Physical Address:

Brainard House
1548 4th St. Charleston, IL

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