Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence


Bloomsburg University seniors are invited to self-nominate for the annual Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation. Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of the State System’s Board of Governors, established the award to inspire and honor System students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge. The 2021 statewide award recipient will receive a $1,000 check.

Nominations must be submitted no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. The nomination packet must include:

  • An essay written by the nominee, addressing how the university prepared him or her for the next career step and what that next step will be. The essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages, using 12-point font. Priority will be given to essays that demonstrate impact beyond the university as a result of the student’s university experience.
  • The nominee’s latest transcript (a copy is acceptable)
  • The nominee’s vita or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university faculty
  • The letters should provide specific details that offer insight into the nominee’s outstanding qualities including, but not limited to, information on the student’s research and co-curricular/creative activities outside of the classroom

(*) Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Nominations will be evaluated on:

  • Evidence of distinctive scholarship and/or creative projects with impact on the community, beyond the classroom
  • Participation in extra/co-curricular and/or creative activities during undergraduate years (involvement in student or community organizations and leadership positions held)
  • The quality of the nominee’s essay
  • Outstanding performance in the academic major and other areas of study (current GPA, awards, honors projects, faculty-student research, publications, etc.)

BU President Bashar Hanna will select one nominated senior as the university’s representative and write a nomination letter to the PASSHE selection committee. To nominate an outstanding senior, send (e-mail, mail or hand-deliver) the completed nomination packet to Ali-Zaidi Award Committee, Attention: Jessica Thomas, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 2208 McCormick Human Services Center, Suite 2203, Second Floor,, no later than 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.