The Scholars Program

The prePAIR (Preparation and Integration Reimagined) Program, under the Office of Inclusive Excellence, is a peer mentor program designed to support the successful transition, engagement, and persistence for historically marginalized communities, such as Asian/Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Multiracial students; students within the LGBTQ+ community; and/or students who are first in their families to attend college.

Here are some ways being a part of prePAIR Program can help you:

  • prePAIR U - Being a part of the prePAIR program gives students a chance to participate in prePAIR U. prePAIR U is a program that will allow first-year students to move onto campus early and get acclimated to the college, before other first-year students arrive! Our team will have a schedule of activities planned to integrate students to the Bradley and Peoria community.
  • Academic and Career Advising - The prePAIR Program provides students with intensive academic and career counseling services to better assist with choosing classes and setting career goals.
  • Funding Opportunities to Attend State and National Professional Conferences - Students will have the opportunity to attend conferences that will give students exposure to a variety of academic, research and career-related workshops.
  • Educational Workshops - Students will have the opportunity to participate in an array of activities to further cultivate their interest in their career fields.
  • Assist in Graduate/Professional School Application Process - Participants of the prePAIR Program benefit from one-on-one graduate/professional counseling through the application process.
  • Internship and Research Opportunities - The prePAIR Program provides an opportunity for students to gain career and research experience in their chosen field of study.

That's not all — We also provide individualized help in the form of one-on-one scheduled meetings with a dedicated Office of Inclusive Excellence staff advisor. First year students will also receive a Peer Mentor to assist them with their transition to Bradley University.

Who is eligible for the prePAIR program?

  • Incoming first-year student
  • Demonstrate the academic and personal potential needed to succeed in a competitive college program
  • Must be enrolled in EHS 120 for the fall semester
  • Students must submit an application if interested in joining the program
  • Students must attend one of the required Summer information sessions - dates will be announced early June and communicated by the Bradley Admissions Office.
More information and FAQs

A limited number of spots are available for first year students. For more information contact Jhoanna Vega-Rocha, Associate Director via email at or by phone at (309) 677-2648.

The First Year

prePAIR students are selected for the program at the time of admission and join a cohort of approximately 30 fellow student social and academic leaders. The first year experience includes:

  • prePAIR U - Students will also participate in an intense, competitive and fun week of preparation that will ensure that they’re ready to excel while at Bradley!
  • Seminar Success - All prePAIR students are enrolled in a fall seminar (EHS 120) where through interactive discussions and class activities, students explore contemporary social issues; examine topics concerning academic, personal, and physical well-being; become familiar with University policies and resources; and develop greater appreciation for diversity.
  • Career Prep - prePAIR students will meet with professionals from the career center that will help them establish a plan for success beyond college

Sophomore through Senior Year

As prePAIR students progress through their collegiate journey, they will continue to engage as a cohort, deepening their commitment to our values through regularly scheduled cohort meetings, continued civic engagement across local communities, and leadership development opportunities within and outside of the prePAIR program.