Deadline: December 10, 2021


Dr. Ali-Zaidi was a charter member of the Board of Governors and a strong advocate for our universities. Through an endowment with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation, he established the award to inspire and honor State System students who excel in the pursuit of knowledge. Dr. Ali-Zaidi’s dedication to academic achievement is inspired by the memory of his grandfather, Mir Wilayat Husain.

Each of the fourteen State System universities submits one nominee to the State System chancellor, who then determines the single State System Ali-Zaidi Scholar. Award recipients receive a $1,000 award check.


Undergraduate graduating senior for whom a degree has been or will be conferred during the 2021/2022 academic year.

Apply To

Office of the President

Nomination Packet should consist of the following:

  1. A nomination letter from the president
  2. An essay written by the nominee addressing how ESU prepared him/her for the next career step and what that next step will be. (The essay should not exceed two double-spaced pages using 12-point type.)
  3. The nominee's most recent official transcript (a copy is acceptable-does not have to be certified)
  4. The nominee's vita or resume
  5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from university faculty

Criteria for the Award - Each nominee will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Outstanding academic performance in the academic major and in other areas of study
  • Recognition of scholarship by members of the university faculty
  • Participation in extra/co-curricular activities during undergraduate years
  • Quality of the nominee's essay

Contact Us

Contact the President's Office at (570) 422-3545 or

Contact Information

Campus Address
Reibman Administration Building 204
(570) 422-3545
(570) 422-3478 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Interim President, East Stroudsburg University
Kenneth Long, M.B.A.
(570) 422-3545