Jacquelyn McCauley named Eureka College Lincoln Laureate
Jacquelyn McCauley of Mendota was selected as Eureka College’s recipient of the 2008 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities among college seniors.
McCauley will attend an Oct. 18 awards ceremony in the Old State Capitol in Springfield and a luncheon hosted by
Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the Executive Mansion.
“Jackie is a wonderful young woman with a genuine curiosity for learning, a ready smile and an infectious energy that inspires everyone she meets,” said Eureka College President J. David Arnold. “She has assumed numerous important roles in leadership and service within the college, the community and the world.”
McCauley is majoring in mathematics with teacher certification and carries a 3.79 grade point average out of a possible 4.0. She was selected to receive a Eureka College Sandifer Fellowship that entitled her to study with a mentor anywhere in the world. As a result, in May she performed a month-long internship in the Residential Education Department at New York University, New York.
McCauley has participated in two service trips through the college’s International Health Care and Development Program, which included aiding disabled adults at a day center in Cartago, Costa Rica, and assisting at an HIV clinic in Kisumu, Kenya. She also is a volunteer softball coach at Eureka public schools and participates in annual fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.
On campus McCauley organized this fall’s homecoming activities, and she formerly was president of the Education Association, the International Club and the Phi Omega social sorority. She was selected as Freshman of the Year in 2006 and was the campus’ Woman of the Year last spring.
McCauley will receive a certificate, medallion and financial stipend from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
McCauley is a 2005 graduate of Mendota Township High School. She is a daughter of John and Beverly McCauley of Mendota.
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