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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 Award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding character and leadership through academic achievement, campus and community involvement, and/or extra-curricular honors or awards. This year's recipients will be recognized during a ceremony on Saturday, April 27, 2019.


Nominations and applications for the 2019 Distinguished Senior Awards are now being accepted.  The deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019. 


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 2019.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eligible students may either apply or be nominated.

2018 Award Selection and Presentation

Twenty-five recipients were chosen and will be recognized during a luncheon held in their honor on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The 2018 recipients are: Ryan Alderman, Greenville, IL, Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Emmanuel Ayiku, Dolton, IL, Public Relations; Maria Baldwin, Toluca, IL, Public Relations; Megan Cooper, Dixon, IL, Biological Sciences; Rebecca Duke, Geneva, IL, Foreign Languages; Brianna Eggebrecht, Mount Prospect, IL, Special Education; Josey Fioretto, Poplar Grove, IL, Family and Consumer Sciences; Madeleine Gillman, Streator, IL, English; Xarles Holt, Paris, IL, Biological Sciences; Allison Koch, Okaville, IL, Kinesiology and Sports Studies; Jordan McLaren, Granite City, IL, Health Studies; Jennifer Reid, Mattoon, IL, Elementary Education; Valerie Rosen, Mahomet, IL, Economics; Emily Schmidt, Pinckneyville, IL, Special Education; Cassandra Shaffer, Mattoon, IL, Biological Sciences; Jaclyn Shan, Olney, IL, Accounting; Anna Vaughan, Danville, IL, Art History; Lacey Viano, Channahon, IL, Dietetics; Angelica Villanueva, Lake Bluff, IL, Art: Teacher Education; Meghan Vinson, Penfield, IL, Special Education; Allison Vogt, Teutopolis, IL, Middle Level Education; Cassidy Webb, Charleston, IL, Sociology; Mariah Weghorst, Pekin, IL, Elementary Education; Joseph Winkler, Charleston, IL, Sociology; Eric Woolley, Camargo, IL, Management



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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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