Twenty incoming first-year students are selected each year to become Bonner Scholars, working to establish an appreciation of both local and global needs through consistent engagement with a wide variety of community partners.

As an incoming student, you are eligible to apply for the Bonner Scholars Program if you demonstrate financial need as evidenced by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service's PROFILE application. You still are eligible for a Bonner scholarship even if you receive other scholarship money.

Generally students must be entering as first-year students but sophomores also may be eligible if spots are available. Athletes and students immersed in theatre or music are welcome to apply. Email if you are concerned about the time constraints.

Submit Your Application

To apply, complete the online application form. You can view all of the questions in this document (PDF) if you would like to work on your responses before going to the online form.

You may submit your application at any time. Applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in February but most decisions will not be made until March and will continue throughout the spring and early summer. If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact Kristin Booher, program director, at

Once you are accepted into the program, you will receive more information about Bonner orientation, held the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the college's new student orientation.