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Miller '13 Receives Lincoln Laureate


Senior Ben Miller is no stranger to the notion of hard work paying off. Throughout his undergraduate career, Miller has managed to maintain almost a perfect GPA while serving multiple leadership roles in student organizations. Miller’s academic excellence and extracurricular involvement has earned him the most highly endowed student honorary in the state.

Each year The Lincoln Illinois Academy acknowledges outstanding seniors’ from every four-year- degree granting colleges and universities in Illinois. Students are given the Lincoln Laureate award for excelling in and outside of the classroom. 53 students were honored at a ceremony held at the Old Capitol, House of Representatives in Springfield, IL. Miller was nominated by a former dean in the College of Business.

“I was extremely shocked. It’s about 40,000 students here. It was nice to hear that you were the top one.”

An honor student that has been at the top of his class since freshman year, Miller knew earlier on that he wanted to leave a lasting impression on the University.

“The College of Business understands that being involved with other things outside of your major enhances leadership skills and professional development. I knew I wanted to have the largest impact on this school that I possibly could.”

This past summer Miller helped coordinate a mission trip Uganda, Africa with Enactus; a project based organization focused on empowering individuals through entrepreneurial action. For two weeks, he and other business students had the opportunity to teach small business owners some fundamental entrepreneurial skills.

“I guess that was an instance that I got my name out there. I was also able to provide opportunities to business students to travel abroad and spread some business knowledge.” While the promising entrepreneur has high hopes for success in the corporate world, he is dedicated to giving back to those less fortunate.

“My passion was first sparked by my trip to Uganda. I would like to focus on that realm to find management tools and provide them with the resources to make their lives easier.” Starting in July, Miller will be working as a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte in Chicago.

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