Announcing the 2013 PBK Young Scholar Award
The Phi Beta Kappa Association of East Central Illinois invites submissions for the Phi Beta Kappa Young Scholar Award. Five academically talented high school juniors in east central Illinois will be awarded certificates of recognition and monetary prizes from the association at a spring banquet to be held at Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Winners, their parents, and their principals will be invited to the banquet at which prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded along with two prizes for honorable mention. The winners will receive a book and monetary prizes of $100, $75, $50, $25, and $25 respectively. The banquet costs for all winning students and two guests also will be covered.
RULES FOR SUBMISSION
- All submissions must be from high school JUNIORS in east central Illinois.
- A letter of nomination by the school principal (no more than two nominations per school)
- A letter of support from a teacher who knows the student’s work well
- Contact information for the student, including email, home address, and phone number
- An essay of approximately 500 words written by the student on one of the following topics:
“My (Hypothetical) Dinner Conversation with a Famous Mathematician or Scientist,
Living or Dead”
“A Book that Helped Me See Something in a New Way”
“How Studying a Foreign Language Has Given Me a More Global Perspective”
Please send nominations, together with the teacher’s letter of support, student’s contact info, and the 500‑word essay, in a single large mailing envelope addressed to Ms. Sarah Johnson/Booth Library/600 Lincoln Avenue/Eastern Illinois University/Charleston, IL 61920. Submissions must be postmarked by February 19, 2013.
2012 PBK Young Scholar Award
On April 14, 2012, the PBK Association of East Central Illinois celebrated the winners of the 2012 PBK Young Scholars Award competition at the 24th annual spring banquet. The students submitted their essays along with a recommendation from their high school principal and a teacher. The students, along with their parents and principals, were invited to attend. This year's winners put the finishing touches on the banquet by reading their essays aloud to the audience. This year's winners were:
First Place: Tessa Sheridan, Normal Community High School
Second Place: Victoria Youngs, Mount Carmel High School
Third Place: Jessica Schell, Oakwood High School
Honorable Mention: Sarah Bradbury, Mattoon High School
Honorable Mention: Brandon Tran, Normal Community High School
The PBK Association wishes congratulations to all of our winners, their families, and their high schools.
Pictured from left to right: Winners Jessica Schell, Tessa Sheridan, Sarah Bradbury, Victoria Youngs, with PBK president Dr. Suzie Park.