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 Applications are now closed for the Class of 2025 Bonner Scholars. Check back here in October for new openings in the program.




The Bonner Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program that supports a strong team of students working to bring about positive community change through service, research and action.

All 40 participants in Carson-Newman's Bonner Scholars Program come together for weekly peer meetings and skill development, covering topics such as time management, conflict resolution, poverty reduction and education reform. Each year a new class of 10 incoming students are accepted into the program.

Bonner Scholars complete 280 hours of service annually, which include skill building lessons and class meetings. They also complete two summers of service, a cornerstone project over the course of the four-year program and have multiple opportunities for leadership.

Here are some highlights from the four years:
• The first year includes a cornerstone project, for which students plan a Bonner Foundation-funded service trip over spring break.
• The second year offers the chance for scholars to go on exchange, learning about the Bonner program and the community at a different college or university. Students also recommit to the program during the second year.
• At the end of the fourth year, scholars participate in a "presentation of learning," in which they highlight some of their experiences during the program.

Since its inception in 1990, the Bonner program has grown to include more than 65 colleges and universities nationwide. Carson-Newman University has participated in the program since 1991, making it one of the longest-running Bonner Scholars programs in the nation.

Scholarship Details (Beginning with The Class of 2024)
School-Year Support
($1,500 per semester)
Need-Based Support
(Varies based on person, but we agree to meet your full demonstrated need)
Summer Living Support
($1,000 per summer, paid at the beginning of the summer)
Summer Earnings
($1,500 per summer, paid early the following fall)
Senior Stipend
($500 in senior year for service or professional development opportunity)
Minimum Total Value: $17,500+

If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, you may contact our center at 865-471-3594 or bonner@cn.edu. You may also contact the Bonner Scholars Coordinator, Alexander Nichols, directly at anichols@cn.edu or (865) 471-4315. 

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