Student Leadership Award

The Bradley University Family Board of Directors established the Student Recognition Award in 2009. The award is presented at the Student Leadership Reception in May of each year.

This Student Recognition Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a Bradley University student who has contributed to the success of the University through their personal commitment and enthusiasm for the betterment of its student body, academic or co-curricular departments, student organizations, the Peoria community and the University as a whole.

The recipient of the Student Recognition Award receives a $1,000 monetary award and a certificate. Funding for this annual award is made available through the generosity of the Alice and Thadd Bush family. Alice, Thadd and their two daughters, Alicia and Samantha, are all Bradley University graduates. The Bush family gives this award in memory of Dr. Ray Zarvell who worked at Bradley University from 1968 - 2007. During his tenure, Dr. Zarvell held several different positions including the Executive Director of the Center for Student Development and Health Services. where he impacted the lives of thousands of students as he oversaw counseling, testing, orientation, advisement, learning assistance and peer counseling programs. Dr. Zarvell passed away in the spring of 2017 and this award serves as a wonderful legacy to the difference he made on campus.

2023 Student Leadership Award Winner

Brittney Burns

Nomination Process

Nominations of current Bradley University students may be submitted by Bradley University faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and/or members of the Peoria community. Nominees must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student with an average grade point of 2.5 or higher and have demonstrated service to Bradley University and/or the Peoria community. Consideration will be given to the impact of the overall contributions and achievements.

To nominate a student for the Student Recognition Award include a brief summary that addresses the positive impact the nominee has made at Bradley University and/or the Peoria community. Please try to address as many of the following criteria as possible.

  • Demonstrates exceptional work and service to the University and or Peoria community
  • Contributes creative ideas to make improvements and/or develop projects
  • Builds relationships to support and contribute to a project and/or program
  • Excellent attendance and participation in meetings, events and projects
  • Values the opinions and recognizes the importance of others
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with others from a variety of backgrounds

Nominations are due by April 5, 2024.

Nomination Form


If you have questions regarding the Student Recognition Award, please contact Student Support Services.

Student Support Services

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