Who Are Bonner Scholars?
The Maryville College Bonner Scholars program is designed to give students who have been very active in community service during high school the opportunity to continue serving others while in college as part of a scholarship. 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 academic year, and complete 280 hours of service during two summers. The scholarship is worth approximately $2,500 with Scholars receiving a monthly stipend during the academic year, and a stipend during their summer of service.
The Bonner Foundation
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 in every program engage in training and reflection on the various placements at which they volunteer. Monthly meetings, as well as retreats, guide the Scholars in becoming educated community servants through reflection exercises and leadership training. Scholars are also expected to engage in and uphold the Bonner Common Commitments outlined by the Bonner foundation.
Advocate for fairness, impartiality and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.
Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships and common interests.
Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.
Develop international understanding that enables individuals to participate successfully and sensitively in a global society.
Respect and engage the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives.
Local Volunteer Placement
Maryville College Bonner Scholars volunteer thousands of hours every year at a number of community agencies in Blount County and the surrounding areas. Below are some of the many organizations that our Scholars currently serve at.
- Bridge Refugee Services
- Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley
- Camp Wesley Woods
- Keep Blount Beautiful
- 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 the Maryville College Bonner program, there is more information below. Other scholarship opportunities can be found on the Office of Financial Aid page.