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Bonner Scholar Program

Bonner Program Vision

In 1993 DePauw University became one of the first Bonner Scholar Program schools and is now one of 24 in the US. The Bonner Scholar Program works to support students to attend college and to be active and involved in community service while in school.

The Bonner Program's vision is to uplift communities through engaging students in service and civic involvement throughout college campuses across the country. It is our hope that the mobilization of students, faculty, and staff across these institutions can provide a collaborative and community-driven way to ensuring social justice and promoting the rebuilding of our communities. The Bonner Scholar Program is supported by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.

Becoming A Bonner at DePauw

Twenty students are selected through an application and interview process for the incoming freshman Bonner class. Prospective students who have demonstrated a commitment to service and community are recommended to the program by their DePauw admissions counselor.

Service-Based: During the academic year Bonner Scholars complete 8 hours of community service each week, plus 2 hours of training and enrichment activities. Bonner Scholars also must complete 2 summer internships during their 4 years at DePauw.

Four Year Scholarship: Experience changes and evolves with the individual; additional funding is available for local summer service, special projects, and mini grants for local organizations.

Need-Based: Students must be financially eligible based on Estimated Family Contribution.

*For incoming students, check with your admissions counselor to find out if you're eligible.

*For current students, contact bonner@depauw.edu to find out if applications for lateral entry to the program are being accepted.

The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

Through sustained partnerships with colleges and congregations, the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity.

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