The Lincoln Academy of Illinois named Quincy University senior Cooper Harrison of Wildwood, MO. a recipient of the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award for 2018. The award is presented to a senior from each four-year college or university in Illinois who demonstrates excellence in the classroom and leadership throughout the campus and community. Harrison was honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation on Saturday, November 17 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

Harrison is a business management major and plays football at the University. While attending QU, Harrison has been involved in the Day of Service, Night to Shine, and the Quincy mentor program. Over the course of two years he raised $75,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Student of the Year campaign. In 2017 he co-founded the Griese-Harrison Foundation which provides college scholarships to students affected by blood cancer.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University ( is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.