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Students awarded CUC's highest academic scholarships


Four students from the Midwest, representing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri have been named President’s Honor Scholars at Concordia University Chicago. The award is the River Forest university’s highest academic honor for first-time freshmen.

Each year, Concordia-Chicago recognizes up to five incoming freshman as President’s Honor Scholars. Students who earn the honor receive full-tuition scholarships and must maintain rigorous academic standards, including Honors Program participation and a cumulative 3.75 GPA, throughout their careers at the university.

The 2012 President’s Honor Scholars are: 

 Caleb J. Akers of Kokomo, Ind. Academic Super Bowl state champion twice and runner-up three times, and National Honor Society Vice President at Taylor High School, Caleb also participated in numerous activities including the youth leadership team, recreational soccer Art Honor Society, choir, Church Praise team and served as president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Caleb graduated form high school, ranking in the top three percent of his class.

At Concordia, he intends to major as a Director of Christian Education, with a focus on youth ministry. He plans to be involved with small group Bible studies, Concordia Youth Ministry, Men’s Ministry and Image: Art Club. Caleb is the son of Barry and Paula Akers.


Amanda J. Englehardt of Bay City, Mich. A National Honor Society graduate of Valley Lutheran High School, Amanda graduated in the top 2.3 percent of her class. Among her high school activities, she was active in handbells, jazz band, pit orchestra, woodwind quintet, Leadership Team, softball and tutoring. Outside of school, Amanda participates in her church through handbells, vacation Bible school, Sunday school teaching and mission trips.

At Concordia, Amanda intends to stay involved with music and service activities, while majoring in music education. She is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Englehardt.


Danielle Howard of Morris, Ill. A graduate of Morris Community High School, Danielle was inducted to the National Honors Society as a junior, and was also involved in the International Thespian Society, drama club, speech team and the junior varsity pom squad. She also has served as a Sunday school teacher and participated in mission trips at her church.

Danielle plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education at Concordia and continue her involvement in church and the community. She is the daughter of Diane and Brian Howard.


Emma Otto of Lee’s Summit, Mo. A National Honor Society graduate of Lutheran High School in Kansas City, Mo., Emma served on the volleyball team, Academic Team, band and basketball team. Emma graduated in the top one percent of her class. She volunteers for her church’s youth group and summer vacation Bible school.

Emma plans to pursue a Director of Christian Education degree, with a focus on youth ministry, as well as a minor in theology. At Concordia, Emma plans to be involved in intramurals, volunteer work and faith groups. She is the daughter of Craig and Rebecca Otto.