The Maryville College Bonner Scholars program is designed to give students who have been very active in community service during high school a chance to continue serving others while in college. Fifteen incoming freshmen are chosen each year based on an application and interview process. Each Scholar is required to volunteer at a non-profit organization for 10 hours each week during the school year and for 280 hours over the summer. The scholarship is worth approximately $2,500. The Scholars work with the Bonner Scholar Coordinator to find an appropriate volunteer site.
The Maryville College Bonner Scholars Program is one of 21 collegiate Bonner Scholars programs nationwide, each receiving support from the Bonner Foundation in Princeton, NJ. Bonner Scholars engage in training and reflection on the various placements at which they volunteer. Monthly meetings, as well as occasional retreats, guide the Scholars in becoming educated community servants through reflection exercises and leadership training.
Local Volunteer Placement
Maryville College Bonner Scholars volunteer at a number of community agencies in Blount County and the surrounding areas. Below are some of the organizations that our students currently serve.
- Bridge Refugee Services
- Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley
- Camp Wesley Woods
- Keep Blount Beautiful
- Knox Area Rescue Ministries
- New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center
- Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
For more information about the Bonner Scholarship, please visit the Bonner Foundation at www.bonner.org. If you are interested in other MC scholarship or grant opportunities, please visit the Office of Financial Aid pages on this site.