Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence


Bloomsburg University deans, department chairs, faculty and staff are invited to nominate an outstanding senior 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 2016 award recipient will receive a medallion and $1,000.

You may nominate a senior no later than Friday, Nov. 20. The nomination packet must contain:

  • 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 type. 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 activities outside of the classroom.

* Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Nominations will be evaluated on

  • The quality of the nominee’s essay
  • Outstanding performance in the academic major and other areas of study
  • Current GPA, awards, publications, etc.
  • Recognition of scholarship by members of the university faculty
  • Participation in extra/co-curricular activities during undergraduate years
  • Involvement in student or community organizations and leadership positions held

President David Soltz will select one nominated senior as the university’s representative and write a nomination letter to the State System selection committee. The award recipient will be honored at his or her university’s commencement ceremony.

To nominate an outstanding senior, send the completed nomination packet to Ali-Zaidi Award Committee, Attention: Jessica Beaver, Office of Planning and Assessment, 2203 McCormick Human Services Center,, no later than Friday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m.