Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS)

Bonner Selection and Recruitment

The application process for the Bonner Scholars Program is competitive and highly selective. Each year, fifteen students are chosen as Bonner Scholars from the incoming class of First Year students. (Sophomore level students can apply to the program if openings become available.)

Selection begins with submission of the application. Successful candidates are chosen based upon their commitment to service, demonstrated leadership, scholastic ability, and maturity reflected in their application.

Once applications are received, they are screened by an advisory committee composed of program staff, current Bonner Scholars, selected Berea staff and faculty members, and community partners.

From the initial pool of applicants approximately 25-30 semi-finalist are selected and invited to campus to learn more about the program and to interact with current Bonner staff and students.

Finalists are selected based on their successful participation in Bonner Preview Weekend which includes a series of planned group activities, a face-to-face interview , and final consideration of  the  following selection criteria:

  • Has secured admission to Berea College ;
  • Has demonstrated significant community service through school, faith community, or in the home community;
  • Has demonstrated a commitment to making connections between service initiatives and personal as well as academic life;
  • Has demonstrated willingness to engage and explore the Bonner Common Commitments.

How to Apply

Applications are now be accepted to join the Berea College Bonner Scholars Class of 2019!
The deadline for application for domestic applicants is Monday, March 16.
The deadline for international applicants is Monday, May 25.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

*Please note that your application will only be considered if you have already been offered admission to Berea College.

All applicants are required to submit the online application located below.

For domestic applicants: you must submit the online application below as well as one endorsement form (also submitted online). Your endorsement should come from a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor, or other person familiar with your community service work. Family members should not submit endorsements on your behalf. Your application will not be considered complete until both the application and online endorsement have been submitted. Deadline: Monday, March 16.

For international applicants: you must submit the online application below. Deadline: Monday, May 25.

Please contact Katie Basham, Coordinator of Bonner Scholars First Year Program with any questions. or 859.985.3606.

Berea College Bonner Scholars Endorsement Form



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