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. 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 $125, $100, $75, $50, and $50 respectively. The banquet costs for all winning students and two guests also will be covered.

RULES FOR SUBMISSION 

  • 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”

Submission Date for 2016 To Be Announced.

 


 

2015 PBK Young Scholar Award

In April 2015, the PBK Association of East Central Illinois celebrated the winners of the 2015 PBK Young Scholars Award competition at the 25th 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.

Dr. Richard England, Dean of the Sarah and Jack Pine Honors College, was the keynote speaker, and Dr. Kristin Routt, Vice President of the Association, served as the emcee of the banquet. 

This year's winners put the finishing touches on the banquet by reading their essays aloud to the audience.

First Place - Melissa Nathan, Charleston HS – “A Conversation with Jane Goodall”

Second Place - Sarah McQuaid, Blue Ridge HS, Farmer City – “Kira Kira: A Book That Helped Me See Something in a New Way”

Third Place - Sidney Smith, North Clay HS, Louisville – “19 Minutes That Changed Me” 

Honorable mention - Dylan Bugos, Arcola HS – “Dinner with Edison”

Honorable mention - Haley Simpson, East Richland HS, Olney – “Markus Zusak's The Book Thief: A Book that Helped Me See Something in a New Way”

The PBK Association wishes congratulations to all of our winners, their families, and their high schools.

2015 PBK Young Scholar Award Winners

Pictured from left to right are PBK President Suzie Park, with winners Melissa Nathan, Haley Simpson, Sidney Smith, Sarah McQuaid and Dylan Bugos.

 


 

2014 PBK Young Scholar Award

On April 5, 2014, the PBK Association of East Central Illinois celebrated the winners of the 2014 PBK Young Scholars Award competition at the 26th annual spring banquet. 

First place - Michael Eagleton, Springfield High School, "A Lesson from Homer" 

Second place - Molly Jorns, PORTA High School, "A Book that Helped Me See Something in a New Way - Fast Food Nation"

Third place - Jake Meister, Paris Cooperative High School, "A Book that Helped Me See Something in a New Way - 1984"

Honorable mentions to Matt Muller, PORTA High School, "My Dinner Conversation with Euclid" and Maddie Flesner, Oakland High School, "Dinner with a Madame" 

2014 Winners

Pictured from left to right: Winners Molly Jorns, Maddie Flesner, Michael Eagleton, and PBK President Suzie Park

 


 

2013 PBK Young Scholar Award

On May 4, 2013, the PBK Association of East Central Illinois celebrated the winners of the 2013 PBK Young Scholars Award competition at the 25th annual spring banquet. 

First Place: Molly Rodgers, Mt. Vernon Township High School  – “A Conversation with Franklin”

Second place: Shaina McQuaid, Blue Ridge High School  – “How Studying a Foreign Language Has Given Me a More Global Perspective”

Third place: Rebecca Wheeler, Shelbyville High School - "Les Miserables"

Honorable mentions to Annie Pettit, PORTA Jr-Sr High School – “My Hypothetical Dinner Featuring Doctor Chris Stanley” and Mason Plater, Rushville-Industry High School – “A Book That Helped Me See Something in a New Way” 

2013 Spring Banquet Winners

Pictured from left to right: Third place winner Rebecca Wheeler, PBK President Dr. Suzie Park, and honorable mention Annie Pettit

 


 

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. 

First Place: Tessa Sheridan, Normal Community High School

Second Place: Victoria Youngs, Mount Carmel High School

Third Place: Jessica Schell, Oakwood High School

Honorable Mentions  to Sarah Bradbury, Mattoon High School and Brandon Tran, Normal Community High School

2012 winners

Pictured from left to right: Winners Jessica Schell, Tessa Sheridan, Sarah Bradbury, Victoria Youngs, with PBK president Dr. Suzie Park.