Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence Nominate an outstanding senior for the annual Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation. Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of PASSHE’s Board of Governors, established the award to inspire and honor System students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge.

The 2014 award recipient will receive a medallion and $1,000; two semi-finalists will receive $500.

You may nominate a senior no later than Friday, Nov. 1. The nomination packet should 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.
  • 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

BU President David Soltz will select one nominated senior as the university’s representative and write a nomination letter to the PASSHE selection committee. The award recipient and semi-finalists will be honored at their universities’ commencement ceremonies. To nominate yourself or another outstanding senior, send the nomination packet to Jessica Beaver, Office of Planning & Assessment, 2203 McCormick Human Services,, no later than Friday, Nov. 1.