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Governor's Award for Excellence in Education 

The Award for Excellence in Education highlights the work of Illinois colleges and universities whose veterans services go above and beyond basic services, and whose accomplishments in veteran friendly programs significantly impact the overall experience of the student veteran community. During Spring and Fall semesters, on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Borggren will recognize a different college or university that contributes to the betterment of student veterans and their families across the state of Illinois.

Nomination Guidelines

  • The nominated school must be a licensed, degree granting school in the state of Illinois.
  • Nominees will be evaluated based on significant service to student veterans, as well as by excellence achieved through action above and beyond basic services.
  • In addition to information requested on the nomination form, please complete the School Survey as well as provide a brief narrative of the school’s achievements; to include: (a) a description of significant accomplishments in veteran friendly programs, including dates, (b) a list of awards or recognitions from the veteran and/or military community.
  • Nominations will be evaluated on the scope and impact of a nominees’ achievements on behalf of veterans and the extent to which the school’s efforts benefit and provide inspiration, support, and opportunities to student veterans and their families.
  • Nominations will be reviewed and the recipients will be ultimately chosen by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Nominations are accepted at all times throughout the year.
  • Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education will be awarded during the spring and fall semesters.

Nominations should be submitted to:

Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
Attn: Governor's Award for Excellence in Education
100 West Randolph, Suite 5-570
Chicago, IL 60601-3219

Excellence in Education Forms


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