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Bonner Leaders

The Ursinus Bonner Leaders Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program which offers selected students with exceptional records of leadership, community service and/or social justice work an opportunity to continue their commitment to the common good.

The mission of the Bonner Leaders Program is to transform the lives of students and members, the life of their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership.  Bonner Leaders receive an annual Ursinus Bonner Leader Scholarship in the amount of $4,000.  While attending Ursinus, Bonner Leaders commit to serve an average of eight to ten hours per week of service working in the community with local non-profits.

In addition to community outreach, Bonner Leaders spend about two hours a week together as a group, reflecting on experiences and participating in training sessions to develop personal and leadership skills. Additionally, the program is designed to enhance the students’ academic experiences by fostering real-world, community connections.

How to apply

Complete the online application.

Applications are due by Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Students selected for interviews will be notified by January 31, 2018, and interviews will take place February 19-23, 2018.

What are the criteria for selection?

We are looking for students who show a strong commitment to service, community engagement, and social justice.  They should be thoughtful leaders with a curiosity and desire to learn about and make positive change in the world around them.  We also consider a student’s academic standing, seeing as this program requires an added level of commitment beyond the standard course of study.  Students who bring unique and diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives are encouraged to apply. 

What are the terms of the scholarship?

Students selected as Bonner Leaders will receive:

  • A $4,000 scholarship, renewable all four years, for a total of $16,000;
  • One-on-one advising with their Bonner Coordinator and Director;
  • Leadership standing in the Ursinus service community

The following is expected of Bonner Leaders:

  • Make community service and leadership development one of their highest priorities
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Perform a minimum of 300 hours of service during the school year by serving an average of 8-10 hours a week with a community partner(s)during the school year
  • Attend regularly scheduled Bonner classes, events, individual meetings and advising sessions
  • Participate in a first-year service trip
  • Make a final presentation of learning
  • Attend Bonner Orientation at the beginning of each semester
  • Submit hour logs at the end of each month
  • Attend Saturday Service Days once each month