Bonner Scholarship

The Bonner Scholarship Program assists individuals who face financial constraints preventing them from affording college.

Bonner Scholar Programs fulfill the complete documented financial need for U.S. citizens and might cover the full documented need for non-U.S. citizens.

In exchange for this financial aid, Bonner Scholars must actively participate in 10 hours of weekly community service during the academic year (totaling 140 hours per semester) and contribute 280 hours during the summer.

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The Bonner Scholarship Application & Eligibility

  1. Complete Application Components:
    • Fill out the online application form.
    • Craft an essay detailing the impacts of community service (part of the online application).
    • Provide a list of community service/volunteer activities (also part of the online application).
    • Submit three (3) recommendation letters using the Bonner Scholars Program Reference Form.
  2. Review and Submission:
    • Applications will not progress for review until all required components are received.

Incoming Freshman Students:

 Current Students:

  • Current students can apply for the Bonner scholarship by meeting the following criteria:
    • Displaying an interest in community service.
    • Allocating 10 hours a week to service and scholarship activities.
    • Maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Having at least two years left before completing degree requirements.
    • Submitting an online Bonner scholarship application and all supporting materials (personal essay, list of service activities, and three references).
  • Current students can submit their applications at any time as there is no specific deadline in place.

  • However, awards occur only at the start of fall and spring semesters based on program availability.
  • Applications will be retained in the Bonner Office until the student’s eligibility expires.

 Bonner Scholarship Challenge:

  • Connect academic studies, personal beliefs, leadership skills, and service philosophy with real-life situations.
  • In return, we expect you to:
  1. Fulfill 10 hours of weekly service and leadership activities each semester.
  2. Prioritize community service and leadership development.
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  4. Participate in special activities and attend twice annual retreats.
  5. Join a group service trip during your first-year spring break.
  6. Attend a weekend service trip in your sophomore year’s spring.
  7. Engage in full-time community service during two summers.

Bonner Scholarship Benefits:

  1. A scholarship amounting to $10,000 annually.
  2. A stipend of $1,500 for each semester, tied to meeting the weekly service requirement.
  3. Meeting your documented need (determined via FAFSA) through a combination of institutional and federal funding (if eligible), which could encompass subsidized loans.
  4. A living stipend of $1,000 along with $1,500 in earnings for each of the two summers you engage in service projects.
  5. An additional $500, accessible to senior Bonner Scholars for either a final summer service project or a special project during their senior year.
  6. Participation in a four-year program involving leadership development, reflective activities, and service engagements.