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Application Information

The Bonner Scholarship provides financial support for those admitted domestic students who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to service. Please familiarize yourself with the information below before applying to the Bonner Scholars Program. 


  • Eligible candidates must have an expected family contribution (EFC) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) of $12,000 or less in order to be considered. Be sure to complete the FAFSA before February 15.
  • International students are not eligible because financial eligibility is based on the FAFSA.
  • Past service experience is not a requirement as circumstances may have prevented some students from participating in community service.

In order to be considered for the Bonner Scholars program, students must submit the following by February 15:

  • A completed Earlham application (found here)
  • A completed FAFSA (found here)
  • A Bonner application (found here)
  • A letter of recommendation (found here)


To apply for the Bonner Scholars Program, you must complete an application which includes eight short answer questions and have someone familiar with your service or other relevant activities submit a letter of recommendation. All materials are submitted via online forms. Click here to begin your application.

The deadline for receiving all applications and recommendations is February 15.

In addition to completing the Bonner Scholars Program application, you should ask someone to write a letter of recommendation for you. This individual should be someone you do volunteer work with (a supervisor, fellow volunteer or someone served by your volunteer activities) or someone outside your family who is familiar with the qualities and activities that qualify you for the Bonner Scholars Program.

As soon as you decide to apply for the Bonner Scholars Program, please take the following steps so that the person writing your recommendation will receive the information they need to work on their letter for you while you are working on the application.

  • Contact the person you have in mind and make sure he or she can write a letter of recommendation for you and submit it by February 15.
  • Let him or her know that an email will be sent with information and instructions for submitting his or her letter.
  • As soon as you know who will be writing your recommendation letter, complete the Recommendation Request Form (click here to access the form), which simply asks for your name and the name, email address and phone number of your recommender. Once you have submitted this information using the online form, an email will immediately be sent to the recommending individual with full information and instructions for submitting his or her letter.
  • Follow-up with the person who is writing the recommendation to ensure the letter is submitted by February 15.

We will notify all applicants of our decision by early March. Shortly thereafter, recipients will receive a financial aid package reflecting the Bonner Scholarship and any other additional aid required to meet the student's total verified financial need.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Bonner Scholars cohort are now closed.

For more information:

View the application questions.
View the letter of recommendation guidelines.
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