Because it is part of a national program, the Bonner is known as a scholarship, yet it perfectly embodies the characteristics of a fellowship at Rhodes.
If you are passionate about effecting positive change in the world, you may be a good candidate for this award. Each year, we select 15 incoming first-year students with exceptional records of leadership, community-service and/or social-justice work to participate in a unique, four-year leadership program.
As a Bonner Scholar, you will be challenged to connect your academic studies, personal beliefs, leadership skills and philosophy of service to real-life organizations and situations.
In return, we expect you to:
- Fulfill 10 hours of weekly service and leadership activities
- Make community service and leadership development one of your highest priorities
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
- Participate in special activities and twice annual retreats
- Attend a group service trip at the end of your first year
- Work in community service for two summers
What benefits will I receive as a Bonner Scholar?
- A scholarship of $12,500 per year
- Your documented need (as determined by the FAFSA) met through institutional and federal funding, which will include subsidized loans
- $2,500 in earnings and living expenses for each of the two summers you participate in service projects
- An additional $500 available to senior Bonner Scholars for a final summer service project or for a special project during senior year
- A four-year program of leadership development, reflection and service activities
How do I qualify?
Requirements for the Bonner Scholarship:
- Application for admission to Rhodes returned by January 15
- Bonner Application due by January 15 at 5:00 p.m. (link below)
- CSS PROFILE submitted by January 15 and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted by March 1
- SAT or ACT scores that are competitive for admission
- A high school record that is competitive for admission
- Exceptional record of leadership, community service and/or social justice work
- An Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE of $7,500 or less
Use your Rhodes College application portal email address and password to access the Bonner application. All applications are due by 5 pm on January 15.
Funding for this program is provided by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.