Family Support

Participation of Bradley University parents in a number of important areas has become increasingly vital to the University's growth and progress in recent years. Involvement in admissions, placement, student activities, and the Family Fund Projects grants are becoming traditional and indispensable. 

Funding for Family Association projects and services are derived from 2 main sources. 

  • While every Bradley parent is automatically a member of the Family Association, we do ask for a voluntary annual membership fee of $30 to support family programming.
  • We also rely on unrestricted gifts to support Family Fund Projects in order to ensure that all of the important projects chosen for the year will receive adequate funding. Families may go online to make their Family Fund Projects gifts.

Recipients of 2022 Family Fund Project Grants

Smith Career Center: netWORK Web-based Career Management System

Students, alumni, and employers can access the web-based career management system known as Bradley netWORK. People connect with local, regional, and national employers who are looking for interns and employees. This tool provides positive career outcomes through career development, experimental education, and learning opportunities.

Family Association Tote Bag

The Bradley University’s Family Association provides tote bags for family members and supporters to put all of the materials they have accrued during their Orientation session and as a welcome gift from Bradley University.

Get Fit Stay Fit

The Bradley Campus Recreation has an incentive program where students, faculty, and staff participate in fitness activities and earn points. GFSF provides physical and inspirational motivation while promoting health and wellness to the community.

President’s Service Honor Roll Award

This national award started in 2003 and honors individuals who positively impact communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action. These students are recognized at the annual Students Activities Office award ceremony.

Homecoming Team Competition

For six days, over 220 Bradley students participate in a variety of activities, including spikeball, kickball, canoe battleship, and many more to bring a fun tradition onto campus. T-shirts are provided to the champions of the Homecoming Team Competition.

Intramural Sport Champions T-Shirt

The Department of Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities engages and empowers the Bradley community to pursue a healthy lifestyle with recreational, diverse and inclusive programs, services, and facilities. The t-shirts worn by the champions of the Intramural Sports competition show their pride on Bradley’s campus.

BUPD Coffee with a Cop & Crime Prevention Giveaways

The Bradley University Police Department hosts a program designed to improve communication and understanding between officers and students. Coffee with a Cop & Crime Prevention Giveaways create a space for students and officers to build trust and create relationships and leave a positive impact on campus.

SERVE- Tender Mercies Welcome Week Service Project

Tender Mercies meals are designed by dieticians to provide critical nutrition and to fight against food insecurity. This Welcome Week service project utilizes 125 student volunteers and brings the student body together to help the Peoria community and kick off the new school year.

SERVE- Welcome Week Service Project

The Welcome Week Service Project looks to create connections between Bradley students and the surrounding Peoria community area. This is an annual event at the beginning of each school year. All participants are provided with transportation and food for their time participating.

Career Closet

The Career Closet provides interview outfits for Bradley University students who are unable to afford the clothes they need to make the “best first impression” that they can. It allows students access to a professional wardrobe for interviews.

Market 309

Market 309’s mission is to address food insecurity through improved resources and availability to healthier food options. Their partnership is with a local non-profit, Peoria Grown and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Resource Outreach for Gender and Sexuality

This outreach event takes place alongside Bradley’s HEAT (Health, Empower, & Teach) organization, whose main goal is to provide students with resources, information, and relevant information on the topics of gender & sexuality.

Moss Scholars-Exceptional Minds Mentoring Program

The Moss Scholars program provides Exceptional Minds Mentoring to neurodiverse students to encourage and foster social interaction through mentoring social skills. The Exceptional Minds Mentoring Program was discontinued in 2012 due to lack of funding and staff constraints, but is able to come back this year.

Bravettes Dance Team

The Bravettes Dance Team is a student led organization that has been performing at all of the men’s home basketball games for over 15 years. The team of 15 members practices three times a week to provide entertainment and support for the games.