THE SPIRIT OF LINCOLN AWARD 2015
Presented to Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, in memory of her parents.
THE SPIRIT OF LINCOLN AWARD 2014
The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) awarded Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman with its first-ever “Spirit of Lincoln Award”.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The award was established to recognize individuals who have displayed the spirit of Abraham Lincoln in their professional careers for the betterment of humanity. The award itself is a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Illinois sculptor John McClarey specifically created for this award.
President Lincoln and his administration were the force behind many laws that Americans still feel the effects of today. The fact that he worked to improve the lives of Americans through legislation while serving as commander-in-chief during the Civil War inspired a committee of the ALA board members to create this annual award.
“His administration gave us several gifts which we still enjoy today,” Dr. Wayne Temple, Distinguished Director of the ALA and Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives, said. “The Morrill Act gave federal lands to the States so that they might create land -grant colleges or universities one in each state. The National Bank Act improved banking. The Pacific Highway Act brought about the transcontinental railroad. The Homestead Act opened up the great West for settlement to those without large financial means.”
THE LOGAN HAY MEDAL Medalists
The purpose of the Logan Hay Medal is to recognize individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the mission of the association: to observe each anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; to preserve and make more accessible the landmarks associated with his life; and to actively encourage, promote and aid the collection and dissemination of authentic information regarding all phases of his life and career. Established in 1967 by the Association and Logan Hay descendants in honor of Logan Hay, who played an important part in the formative years of the Association. The bronze medal is awarded infrequently and is the highest honor given by the Association.
LINCOLN THE LAWYER AWARD Recipients
The purpose of the Lincoln the Lawyer Award is to recognize individuals who reflect the character and ideals of Abraham Lincoln in their legal careers. The award is given infrequently.
HAY-NICOLAY DISSERTATION PRIZE Winners
The purpose of the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize is to recognize and encourage young scholars to conduct research on Abraham Lincoln and his times. An annual prize of $1,000 is underwritten by the Lincoln Institute and the Abraham Lincoln Association. The Abraham Lincoln Association and the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. select the recipients. The first year, both organizations selected recipients. The award alternates between each organization from year to year. A panel of five scholars representing each entity serves as the jury.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN ASSOCIATION STUDENT AWARD Winners
The purpose of the Abraham Lincoln Student Award is to recognize the best research paper and best media project on Abraham Lincoln submitted at the annual Illinois History Exposition. Projects are developed by students in middle school and high school. Two five-hundred dollar prizes are available each year. Winners often go on to compete at the National History Fair.