Bonner Scholars Program
Information for Applicants
First-Year Program Requirements
- Pre-Service Orientation
- Participate with a Bonner first-year cohort
- Serve on a team of 4 to 6 first-year students guided by an upper-level student called a “Bonner Site Leader”
- Each cohort is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing programs and projects for that meet their community partner’s needs.
- Cohort community partners for 13-14 include (subject to change for 14-15):
- Communities in Schools of Madison Country
- In-school tutoring for math and reading
- Children First/Communities in Schools Buncombe County
- After school program for low-income housing project
- Girl Scouts
- Activities focused on interpersonal communication, personal development, and respect for differences for girls in Madison Country
- Centro de Enlace
- Mentoring and college aspiration program for high school Latinas
- Communities in Schools of Madison Country
- Complete an average of 10 hours a week of community engagement
- 1-2 hours a week of meetings and trainings
- 1-2 hours a week for Bonner First Year Seminar Class
- 4-6 hours of direct service with the site placement
- 1-3 hours per week of other community engagement projects, training, or campus leadership (e.g. Hunger Week planning, Community Engagement Series, Social Justice Lectures).
- Participate in the Bonner First-Year Spring Break Service Trip
- Enroll in Bonner-only section of First Year Seminar 1 and First Year Seminar 2
Summers of Service
- Bonners are required to complete two summers of service while in college. Students are encouraged to complete their first summer of service between their first and second years.
Bonner Scholars receive:
- The full cost of attending college less the estimated family contribution (EFC) based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including the Stafford Loan
- Summer Earning Stipend of $1500.00 each summer for two summers
- Summer Living Allowance for national and international opportunities
- $2000 Loan Reduction upon graduating from Mars Hill University
- AND… Life Changing and Mind Opening Experiences which will help you build your resume and give you unforgettable memories!
We look for individuals who embody some of all of the following characteristics:
- You have demonstrated a dedication to pursuing social issues and understanding public policy over an extended period of time through leadership activities, political activism, social justice work, and/or community service participation.
- You have an issue about which you are passionate and you have worked or want to work on that issue.
- Your activities are for the greater good.
- You recognize injustice.
- You make a difference in your community and you mobilize others to work with you to make a difference too.
- You engage in understanding and changing public policy.
- You are from a diverse background yourself or you have been exposed to a variety of people, experiences, and perspectives.
- You know you are a part of a bigger world and you care about people in other cultures, neighborhoods, and countries.
- You are constantly pursuing a better way of doing things.
- You care about things happening in the world and you want to discuss them.
- You aren’t afraid to take a controversial stance.
- You are compassionate towards others, which includes your friends and family, but also those from backgrounds very different from your own.
- You want to live in a world that is inclusive, fair and honest.
Selection begins with submission of the application. Once applications completed in full and the applicant is offered admission by Mars Hill University, they are screened by a selection committee.
From the initial pool of applicants semi-finalist are selected and invited to campus to interview, learn more about the program, and to interact with current Bonner staff and students.
Bonner Interview Day is February 15, 2014. Students interested in the Bonner Scholarship should make every effort possible to visit Mars Hill University on that day. BONNER INTERVIEW DAY IS BY INVIATION ONLY. Invitations are extended by the Bonner Coordinator only.
Finalists are selected based on their successful participation in Bonner Interview Day which includes planned group activities, a face-to-face interview , and final consideration of candidate characteristics.