Service Leadership Scholarships

Bonner Leaders and Scholars in Service are competitive scholarship programs that offer selected students with exceptional records of leadership, community service and/or social justice work an opportunity to continue their commitment to the common good.

Bonner Leaders 

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 $5,000.  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

Apply to the College by January 1, 2020.  We recommend that you apply at least a week prior to the deadline to allow ample time for scholarship application completion.

Complete the online application: To apply students will login with the username and password sent to them upon application submission to Ursinus. Please check the email address associated with your application.  

Applications are due by January 1, 2020. Students selected for interviews will be notified by January 22, 2020, and interviews will take place February 8, 2020. Final decisions will be emailed to students on February 19, 2020.

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 $5,000 scholarship, renewable all four years, for a total of $20,000;
  • 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
Scholars In Service 

Scholars in Service at Ursinus College fosters an atmosphere of service and leadership, in which students learn and grow through a combination of direct service, training, reflection, and leadership development.

Service is supplemented by on-campus bi-weekly meetings and one-on-one advising with the Assistant Director of UCARE to round out not only service learning, but liberal education at its very core. 

How to apply

Apply to the College by January 1, 2020.  We recommend that you apply at least a week prior to the deadline to allow ample time for scholarship application completion.

Complete the online application: To apply students will login with the username and password sent to them upon application submission to Ursinus. Please check the email address associated with your application.  

Applications are due by January 1, 2020. Students selected for interviews will be notified by January 22, 2020, and interviews will take place February 8, 2020. Final decisions will be emailed to students on February 19, 2020.

What are the terms of the scholarship?

Students selected as Scholars in Service will receive:

  • A $2,500 scholarship, renewable all four years, for a total of $10,000

Requirements of Scholars in Service:

  • Complete a total of 150 hours of service in the community per academic year (4-6 hours per week)
  • Attend bi-weekly Scholars in Service meetings, where we reflect on our service experiences, participate in trainings, and learn about and discuss issues relating to social justice
  • Participate in one Saturday of Service per month as a group
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Serve as a positive representative of Ursinus and UCARE while serving at a community partner organization

Please contact the Assistant Director of UCARE and Bonner Coordinator, Katie Turek, with any questions regarding the Bonner Leaders Program:
kturek@ursinus.edu