Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce that senior nursing student Pooja J. Shah, a graduate of Schaumburg High School and current Chicago resident, will be receiving The Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award on November 17, 11 a.m., in the House of Representatives Chamber in Springfield.

Pooja received her associate degree in medical assisting from RMU in 2017.  This spring she will complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees and is also on track to complete a Master of Management in Healthcare Administration. She has served as president of the RMU Nursing Society, a teaching assistant and tutor in the nursing program, and has been active in several not-for-profit organizations serving the homeless and lower income communities.  Faculty and staff of the College of Nursing and Health Services at Robert Morris unanimously voted for Pooja to be the nominee for the Lincoln award.

In addition to her academic excellence, in nominating her, faculty recognized her leadership, initiative, mentoring experience and integrity.  “She is a self-confident, trustworthy and authentic individual who has demonstrated assertiveness, enthusiasm, optimism and great humility. She inspires and empowers her fellow students.”

This year marks the 44th Annual Student Laureate Award Ceremony.  According to The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, “in the spirit of Lincoln, Student Laureates are honored for their leadership and service in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.”  In addition to the institutional nomination, all nominees were asked to articulate in writing the essence of how Lincoln’s Leadership Legacy has influenced and impacted their work.

“Faculty, staff and administration are proud to have a nursing student of Pooja’s caliber representing Robert Morris University Illinois at the Student Laureate ceremony,” said Larry Nieman, vice president for Curriculum and Instruction at RMU. “I am so grateful to be considered for the award,” added Pooja.  “I feel truly honored.”