Basma Outhman ’21 Honored as Student Lincoln Laureate

Aurora University’s Basma Outhman ’21 was recognized with the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, representing AU as a student laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Every fall, the award is presented to an outstanding senior from each of the participating colleges and universities in Illinois. The awards ceremony is typically held at the Old State Capital State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois, but was conducted virtually in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions.

In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, student laureates are honored for their “leadership and service in pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities,” according to the Springfield, Illinois-based nonprofit organization.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work with minors in prelaw and French, Outhman plans to pursue her Master of Social Work, then apply to law school. Her goal is to become a human rights lawyer, combining her knowledge of social work and the law to serve the greater good.