Emily E. D'Ambrose of Naperville recently was among the state's outstanding college students honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at the annual Student Laureate Convocation in the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.
She is a student at Millikin University in Decatur.
"These students have exhibited a personal commitment to excel as seen by their remarkable academic accomplishments," Gov. Pat Quinn said. "They serve as role models to other Illinois students. With hardworking and dedicated young leaders such as these, Illinois and the rest of the nation can look forward to a bright future."
The Lincoln Academy's Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state's four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from among all the community colleges in Illinois.
At the Student Laureate Convocation, each receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement. This event marks the 39th year that students have been honored by the academy.
A luncheon at the Illinois Executive Mansion followed the Student Laureate Convocation.
The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 49 years ago to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens with the state's highest award, the Order of Lincoln.
The 50th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place May 3 at the Field Museum in Chicago.