CSU Senior Jason Jones Named a Lincoln Student Laureate

jason jonesChicago State University senior Jason Jones was selected as a 2020 Lincoln Student Laureate. Jones was honored alongside other top students across Illinois’ colleges and universities in a virtual event by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The 46th annual Lincoln Academy Student Laureate virtual ceremony recognized excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities by seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. The ceremony is historically held every fall at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, but was virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions on large in-person gatherings.

Jones, a sociology major and Honor student, is committed to working with youth and giving back to local communities throughout the southside of Chicago. He transferred to Chicago State University in 2019 after completing his Associate of Arts degree at Kennedy King College. An outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA, Jones’s academic achievements have earned him membership in the Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Chicago State University’s Honors College, and a place on the Dean’s list for every semester he’s attended the University. 

When not engaged in his studies, Jason spends time with at-risk youth at Youth Advocate Programs where he works and volunteers in community gardens with the Green Lots Project. As a Green Lots Project volunteer, Jason mentors local youth and speaks at various high schools to highlight the importance of academic success. At the University, Jason has served as a senator with the Student Government Association, Chair of the Community Service Committee for the Honors College, and a program participant in the African American Male Resource Center.

The virtual ceremony includes a congratulatory statement by Governor J. B. Pritzker, the President of the Lincoln Academy. Academy Vice Chancellor, The Honorable Ron Spears, gave the invocation and Chancellor Frank Clark gave welcoming remarks.  

Student Laureates received a letter and certificate of merit signed by Gov. Pritzker, a Lincoln medallion, a challenge coin, and a $500 check from The Lincoln Academy. Student Laureates were selected by their individual schools. A full list is available at here

In addition to honoring the state's Student Laureates, Illinois is unique in the United States in selecting present or former citizens who have made outstanding contributions toward the progress and betterment of humanity to be honored as Laureates of the Lincoln Academy and receive the “Order of Lincoln” from the Governor, a process that has been in place since 1964.

Proceeds from the spring Laureate Convocation are used to support the Student Laureate program each fall.


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