Pictured Above: Starting from the left is Dr. Gervasi, Diana Rauner, Nicholas Nosbisch, Bruce Rauner, Stephanie Pace Marshall (Chancellor of the Lincoln Academy), and Dr. Enger.

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois has named Quincy University senior Nicholas James Nosbisch of Effingham, Ill. as a recipient of the prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award for 2016. 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.

Nosbisch, a biological science major and with a minor in chemistry, is a Presidential Scholar, an Honors Scholar, and Franciscan Service Scholarship recipient. He is an anatomy and physiology supplemental instructor and a cadaver peer teacher, and currently serves as the vice-president of the Pre-Professional Science Club.

He has volunteered his service through QU mission trips to both Chicago and New Orleans. Nosbisch is also an active member in both the Quincy community and his community at home in Effingham, IL. He assists with Quincy Catholic Charities’ food pantry on a weekly basis, serves on the staff for Community Support Systems’ summer camp for youth with special needs, and has made repeated volunteer trips to the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels on the west side of Chicago.

“Receiving the Lincoln Laureate Award is truly an honor. It is a direct reflection of the continuous support I receive from my professors and mentors. This award represents to me what Quincy University stands for and that is a holistic approach to education. I understand that succeeding in college means more than just academics. To grow as a person you must also challenge yourself through extracurricular involvements,” Nosbisch says. “For me, this means an inclusive focus on academics, community service, and building relationships. Quincy University is an environment that provides all these opportunities. This recognition of a job well done is not an end goal, but a motivator to continue improving the world around me.”

After graduating from Quincy University, Nosbisch plans to attend medical school and dreams of serving as a physician for a medically underserved population to bridge the gap between healthcare discrepancies.