Foster Family Scholarship for Global Scholars

Bradley University’s Foster College of Business is committed to providing opportunities to students participating in programs focused on global economies and commerce.

The Foster Family Scholarship for Global Scholars is an integral component of our internationalization initiative. The scholarship provides the college’s top student scholars financial support for a full and rich international business experience. Scholarship winners receive a $5,000 award available at the beginning of the spring semester of their sophomore years to offset the expenses of Bradley-sponsored international travel experiences. Scholars may choose to apply their award incrementally to support multiple trips or direct the full award to one substantial travel opportunity in their sophomore, junior or senior years. Additionally, scholars are afforded opportunities for faculty-student collaboration in research and independent study.

Eligible applicants include students majoring in any Foster College of Business program who also participate in the College’s Global Scholars Program. A selection committee chooses approximately five new Foster Family Scholars each year. In addition to proven academic aptitude, recipients will demonstrate, through essay or interview, an openness to different societies, ideas, and traditions; a keen desire to develop the skills to perform professionally in a global economy; and the passion for an enriched personal and professional life through broad experiences and exposure to a variety of cultures.

Painting of the Fosters

About the Fosters

Tom and Ellen Foster, both graduates of Bradley University, announced on October 6, 1994, a gift to the University of $7.5 million. In honor of this act of generosity and in recognition of nearly fifty years of business, civic and philanthropic accomplishments, the College of Business bears the Foster name.

The late Mr. Foster received his degree in Marketing in 1951 and his M.B.A. in 1952. He was a pioneer in direct mail marketing, holding at one time twelve mail order firms in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. The late Mrs. Foster '52 was active in advertising and marketing trade associations, worked with a number of charitable and civic organizations in the Peoria area, and was past Chair of the Bradley University Board of Trustees.

Application Procedures

Be admitted as a first-time, first-year fall student. Information and an application for admission are available on-line at:

Submit the Foster Family Scholarship for International Scholars application using the form below beginning October 1. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 1.

Scholarship Application Form