Berea College Bonner Scholars Program Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a part of the Bonner Scholars Program at Berea College!

The deadline for submitting an application to the Berea College Bonner Scholars Program is March 24, 2023.

Some applicants will be invited to participate in a video interview for the Bonner Scholars Program on one of the following afternoons: Monday, April 3; Wednesday, April 5; or Monday, April 10.

Applicants will be notified about decisions around May 1, 2023.

If you are an international student, please note that you will have an opportunity to apply to be a Bonner Scholar in the Berea College class of 2027 during summer 2023.

You can learn more about the Bonner Scholars Program at Berea College here and more about the national Bonner Foundation network here. If you have questions about your application, send us an email at

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  • You are encouraged - but not required - to list your ethnic background. You may decline to list this information without affecting your application.
  • Please answer the following questions thoughtfully and honestly.

  • • List your service activities during the past four years; these activities may have been as part of an organization, and you may have initiated some on your own.
    • Select one of your service activities and describe what motivates you to participate.
    • What motivates you to want service to be part of your Berea College experience?

  • 4.This question can be answered in essay format OR with a video submission:

    Describe a current issue that you are interested in engaging. In what ways are you involved or hope to be involved in addressing this issue?
    Tell us about your home community and role you play within it.

    If you choose the video option please note in the text box how you shared the video.
    To upload directly to our Box folder, please send your video to this email address: You will receive an automated email when the delivery is successful.

  • 4. Essay response: Choose ONE of the following prompts, and then respond to the prompt in the essay box below. (Choose only one prompt! Don’t answer all three prompts.)
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  • Endorsement (Optional)

    We encourage you to submit an endorsement (recommendation) form with your online application. Your endorsement could 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.

    Please enter an endorser's email below, and we will send them a link to the form for them to fill out on your behalf.

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