The Logan Hay Medal
The Logan Hay Medal recognizes individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the mission of the Abraham Lincoln 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.
The award was established in 1967 by the ALA and Logan Hay descendants in honor of Logan Hay, an important figure in the ALA's formation. By tradition, members of the Hay family offer input on selection of the recipient. The bronze medal is awarded infrequently and is the highest honor given by the ALA.
The Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize
The Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize recognizes and encourages young scholars to conduct research on Abraham Lincoln and his times. The Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Abraham Lincoln Association select the recipients and underwrite the annual prize of $1,000. 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 Student Award
The Abraham Lincoln Student Award recognizes the best research paper and best media project on Abraham Lincoln submitted at the annual Illinois History Exposition. Students develop projects 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.
Lincoln the Lawyer Award
The Lincoln the Lawyer Award recognizes individuals who reflect the character and ideals of Abraham Lincoln in their legal careers. The award is given infrequently.
The Spirit of Lincoln Award
The Spirit of Lincoln Award recognizes 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,” said Dr. Wayne Temple, Distinguished Director of the ALA and Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives. “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.”
Dr. Rodney Davis and Dr. Douglas Wilson, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois; editors of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center Series; and the co-editors of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition, Herndon's Lincoln, and Herndon's Informants.
Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, in memory of her parents
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes scholars who have made a significant impact on the field of Lincoln studies.