Scholarships

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works collaboratively with a variety of departments on and off campus to provide students with scholarship opportunities. There are three distinct scholarships that are offered through two of our amazing alumni affinity groups: the Bradley University Black Alumni Alliance (BUBAA) and the Bradley Association of Internation Latino Alumni (BAILA).

BUBAA Scholarships

The Bradley University Black Alumni Alliance (BUBAA) offers two annual scholarships. The first honoring the late Dr. Barbara Penelton, associate professor emeritus and chairman of teacher education, who died on March 18, 2013 in Peoria. Dr. Penelton taught at Bradley from 1969 to 2002, receiving the Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001. Active in the community, she was inducted into the local African-American Hall of Fame and received the Mergen Award for Public Service. She held a doctoral degree from Indiana University. The second is the Black Alumni Scholarship.

The Dr. Barbara S. Penelton and Black Alumni Scholarshipsa are designed to create a diverse campus environment by helping to attract and retain African-American students. Only through exposure to many cultures and free exchange of ideas are students enabled to make well-informed observations regarding the similarities and differences inherent in the human race and to develop understanding and appreciate for others. These scholarships are funded annually with contributions from alumni and friends of Bradley University. The Black Alumni Scholarship Committee assists with a fund-raising campaign during February and March of each year. The number and amount of awards is determined by the availability of funds.

How to Apply

Office of Financial Assistance
100 Swords Hall Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625
Fax: (309) 677-2798.

BAILA Scholarships

The Bradley Association of International Latino Alumni (BAILA) sponsors an annual scholarship to assist Latino students with the financial burden of their college education. Created in 2013, this organization has been critical to providing support to the Latino student populations at Bradley University.

How to Apply

Office of Financial Assistance
100 Swords Hall Bradley University
1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625
Fax: (309) 677-2798.

“Black at Bradley” Creative Student Contest

The “Black at Bradley” Creative Student Contest provides entrants the opportunity to submit a work of their own creation that expresses the theme “Black at Bradley.” The theme, based on the book “Blacks at Bradley” by Dr. Arwin Smallwood, celebrates the history and experiences of black students on campus. Submissions can be serious or humorous, but should tell a positive story of lif on campus. Successful entries will be thouse that represent the theme via subject matter, media and artistic expression. Creative works accepted: poetry (15 lines maximum) and visual art in any media except video (must be presentation ready). *See submission requirements for complete details.

Eligibility

  Open to students currently enrolled in good standing at Bradley University as full-time undergraduate or graduate students. Students may work together in teams (three maximum) or submit entries as individuals.

  All entries must be original work, free from copyright infringement or plagiarism.

  The entry must not be lewd, pornographic, disparaging, otherwise inappropriate or objectionable by Bradley University or BUBAA.

  All entries must include a completed entry form and conform to the submission requirements.