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Bonner Scholar Program

Earn scholarship funds in exchange for community service and leadership.

We're proud to be one of only 22 universities in the country to offer the prestigious Bonner Scholarship Program.

With support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, this unique scholarship opportunity offers selected students financial assistance in return for a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg.

Apply to be a Bonner Scholar

Email WU Bonner Scholar Program Staff

Bonner Scholarship Benefits

As a Bonner Scholar school, we award 15 new Waynesburg University Bonner Scholarships each academic year and maintain a program with 60 students, who each serve average of 10 hours per week.

  • Four-year scholarship
  • Awards $2,500 each year ($1,250 for the Fall semester and $1,250 for the Spring semester) to offset direct educational expenses
  • Bonner Scholars receive a $1,000 living stipend while completing two summers of service
  • After completing their summer service requirements, Bonner Scholars receive an additional $1,500 per year ($750 for the fall semester and $750 for the spring semester) to offset direct educational expenses
  • Upon graduation, Bonner Scholars who have completed all scholarship requirements (see below) receive $2,000 loan reduction. If the student does not have any loans, the money may be used for graduate school.
  • In addition to the Bonner Scholarship, students may be eligible to receive additional federal, state and/or institutional aid

Bonner Scholar Requirements

To maintain funding and receive the scholarship financial benefits after graduation, a Bonner Scholar must:

  • Complete 140 hours of unpaid community service, training, and enrichment each semester (about 8-10 hours/week) for a nonprofit organization 
  • Complete two summers of 280 hours of community service each summer with a nonprofit organization. They may be paid for their summer service hours and work in their hometown.
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Participate in training and enrichment activities such as meetings, reflections, and retreats

Bonner Scholarship Application Details

To be considered for the Bonner Scholar program, an applicant must:

  • Be accepted to Waynesburg University
  • Complete the Bonner Scholarship Application and interview process
  • Carry a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • Place in the top 40% of a graduating high school class
  • Qualify financially