Bonner Office of Community Service

Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Scholarship Program

Since 1990, the Bonner Scholars program has provided the men of Morehouse access to education and an opportunity to serve. Funded by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey, the program supports the men of Morehouse in creating a culture of service throughout campus that strengthens their resolve to be accountable as leaders, while being stewards of positive social change.

More than simply a form of renewable financial aid, our Bonner Scholars program provides you the opportunity to continue your community service interests throughout college. Each year in May, the Bonner Office of Community Service must replace 15 graduating Bonner Scholars with 15 incoming freshmen who demonstrate a commitment to community service and family obligations.

Scholarship Package Amount: Varies

Eligibility Requirements

  • Member of the Morehouse College’s incoming Class of 2026 (early admissions recommended)
  • Passion for improving the quality of life in under-served communities
  • Financial need as demonstrated by an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or below

Scholarship Requirements 

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Earn 15 credit hours each semester
  • 280 service hours each academic year
  • Attend All-Scholars, leadership development, and program-specific meetings
  • Complete two summers of full-time service (280 hours each) following their first and second year in the Program
  • Reside and participate in the first-year Bonner Living and Learning Community
  • Participate in the First Year Service Trip (typically during spring break)
  • Participate in the Second Year Exchange
  • Complete the Junior-Senior Capstone Project and Senior Presentation of Learning
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the MLK Day of Service and It’s On the ‘HOUSE events

Application Process Timeline

Date Time Milestone
Dec. 15 12 a.m. EST Application available online
April 1 9 a.m. EDT Deadline to submit an application online
April 8 9 p.m. EDT Interview invites sent via email
April 10 5 p.m. EDT Deadline for applicants to select an interview time
April 23 11:59 p.m. EDT Scholarship offers sent via email
April 30 9 a.m. EDT Deadline for applicants to submit scholarship offer decision

Due to our scholarship program’s renewable nature and the minimum service requirements set forth by the Bonner Foundation, upperclassmen are extremely unlikely to be awarded a scholarship because of a lack of vacancies.