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How to Apply to the Bonner Community Scholars Program

While the Bonner Institute works with the Admission’s Office to recruit high school seniors to apply to the Bonner Community Scholars program, any interested high school senior can apply!

Apply here!

Applications are due by March 15, 2019.

In addition, current TCNJ students who volunteer for a year as Bonner Volunteers (BVols) are also encouraged to apply to the program (for more information about becoming a BVol, please visit the (Get Involved page).All Bonners receive aid that equates to 50-100% of the tuition portion of their bill.  Please review the FAQs section below, and if you still have any specific questions, please email bscholar@tcnj.edu.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to meeting you on our campus soon!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What do we look for in an applicant?

The Bonner Institute is comprised of students who have a passion for community service and social justice. The Bonner Community Scholars are a well-rounded group of students with all different experiences, skills, backgrounds, majors, and passions. During the recruitment process we look to bring students in who have different strengths (experience in community service, non-profit background, public speaking, leadership, etc.) in order to make our program as successful as possible.

If I am a current TCNJ student, can I apply to become a Bonner?

Yes, but you must volunteer as a BVol at some of our sites for a minimum of a year first. We have a large group of dedicated BVols who often apply to the program and have an advantage during the selection process due to their experience with Bonner sites. For more information about becoming a BVol,  please visit this page.

How does the Application Process work?

You can apply to the Bonner Community Scholar program as either a high school senior or current TCNJ student. Processes are different for each student type. If you wish to complete the application process prior to the May 1 deadline for a deposit to the College, you must apply in timeline 1.

High School Seniors

Timeline 1:

  • Students may apply to the program via the application link. This link will go live on February 18, 2019.
  • Written applications from are due on Friday, March 15 by 5pm.
  • If chosen for an interview, applicants will be notified by Friday, March 29. Interviews will occur during the weekend of TCNJ’s Accepted Student Day–usually the first or second weekend in April.
  • Final decisions are made before May 1 each year.

Timeline 2

  • Students may apply to the program via the application link. This link will go live on April 5, 2019.
  • Written applications are due on Friday, April 19 by 5pm.
  • If chosen for an interview, applicants will be notified by Friday, May 3. Interviews will occur mid-May.
  • Note: Final decisions for timeline 2 candidates are not announced before the May 1 deadline for a deposit to the College.

Current TCNJ Students (Bonner Volunteers)

  • Students may apply to the program via the application link. This link will go live on April 5, 2019.
  • Written applications are due on Friday, April 19 by 5pm.
  • If chosen for an interview, applicants will be notified by Friday, May 3. Interviews will occur mid-May.

*Note: All dates are subject to change

How do interviews work?

The interview process is about three hours long and consists of three interviews: one with Bonner Staff, one with a group of current Bonner student leaders, and one group interview. High school seniors applying in timeline 1 will have the option of staying overnight with a current Bonner on campus.

How many people who apply are selected?

This is largely determined by the year and the availability of scholarship funding. Each year we receive between 200-300 applications and accept 20-25 students.

What can I expect if I am selected?

If selected, you would be joining a team of 100+ individuals working together to make our local community and national community a more equitable place. Each Bonner student will be on a team with other TCNJ Bonners working on an issue they care about. The team, along with staff and community partners, serve together at the site and work on projects as a team.

Beyond service, when you enter this program you will gain many new skills and joining the Bonner Family. The TCNJ Bonners are a very close group and we continue to build relationships through team-building activities and group service trips.

Graduated Bonners say that they gained more from the program than they ever could have imagined. Many of our graduates have entered the non-profit world, working for some of our current partners in Trenton, while others have continued their education at the graduate level. We aim that students leave TCNJ prepared to be active citizens in their own communities and continue the work they started while in the Bonner Program.

How much is the scholarship?

Bonner Scholarships range from 50%-100% of tuition (not including fees or room and board) based on financial need. The amount of financial need of the accepted Bonners will be determined by the FAFSA. Please note: These scholarships are only available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States. However, other resources for interested students are available; if you have questions, please contact Dr. Stephanie Shanklin (shanklis@tcnj.edu).

What happens if you are not selected?

If you are not selected to become a Bonner Scholar, we encourage you to get involved in our Bonner Volunteers (BVol) program! Please visit this page for more information.

Since our recruitment process typically happens before students even get to TCNJ, we have already given out all of our scholarships at the beginning of each academic year. However, sometimes scholarship opportunities become available and we are able to allocate funding to current TCNJ students. We look to our best BVols first!


 We are members of a National Network!

We are one school in a national network of over 85 other colleges and universities with the Bonner Program! If you are applying to other schools, be sure to check to see if they have a Bonner Program also! Here is the link to the Bonner Foundation’s Website and list of participating schools!

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