Bonner Scholars Program at Rhodes College


Rhodes is part of a national consortium of Bonner Scholars, an innovative scholarship and community service program supported by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation of Princeton, NJ. The Bonner Scholarship is for entering students who have a passion for service and social justice, and who require financial assistance in order to attend Rhodes. Bonner Scholars emerge as leaders on our campus and are particularly recognized for their depth of understanding about societal impacts to the needs of communities, and their engagement in that work.

The requirements of the Bonner Scholars program at Rhodes are as follows:

  • Hold community service, social justice, and leadership development as top priorities;

  • Fulfill 10 hours of weekly service and leadership activities each semester;

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50;

  • Commit two summers during the college experience to service.

In turn, our Bonner Scholars receive a multitude of benefits:

  • A scholarship to Rhodes College of $10,000 per year;

  • A stipend of $1,500 per semester, based on fulfilling the weekly service commitment;

  • A student’s documented need met through institutional and/or federal funding (US citizenship not required);

  • $1,000 living stipend and another $1,500 earnings stipend for the summers spent in service;

  • Funds for additional summer service project or senior year capstone project;

  • A four-year program intentionally built around leadership development, reflection, and service in community.

To apply to the program, a student must have:

  • Completed your application for admission to Rhodes College (via the Common App);

  • Received the login credentials to your Rhodes portal;

  • And completed a FASA

Feel free to read more in depth about our Bonner Scholars Program, application, and selection process here.

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