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Bonner Scholar Application

In 1993 DePauw University became one of the first Bonner Scholar Program schools and is now one of 20 in the US. The Bonner Scholar Program works to support students to attend college and to be active and involved in community service while in school. Twenty Bonner Scholars are selected each year based on their commitment to serve during their high school careers and who have a demonstrated financial need. Accepted students receive a need-based financial aid award with limited loans that meets their demonstrated financial need. In addition, students receive extensive training in return for their commitment to the four-year program.
The deadline for this application is February 15, 2017.
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When selecting the Bonner Scholar Class of 2021, every effort will be made to ensure the intent of the Bonner Scholar Program - providing access to higher education for those students with the greatest financial need.

Our selection committee encourages families to self report their calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) prior to completing the Bonner Scholar Application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for you to complete and receive a calculated EFC or you may choose to enter your information on our Net Price Calculator and receive a calculated EFC.

Write a 300-500 word response to one of the following two prompts. (NOTE: There are no “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions!)
 
Prompt #1
“Direct service” involves activities that meet the immediate needs of a population, such as serving food in a soup kitchen or volunteering at a homeless shelter. Consider the following short lessons related to direct service:
 
Saving Babies Lesson
A group of people are standing at a river bank and suddenly hear the cries of a baby. Shocked, they see an infant floating--drowning--in the water. One person immediately dives in to rescue the child. But as this is going on, yet another baby comes floating down the river, and then another! People continue to jump in to save the babies and then see that one person has started to walk away from the group still on shore. Accusingly they shout, "where are you going?" The response: "I'm going upstream to stop whoever is throwing babies into the river."
 
Soup Kitchen Lesson
Sally was about to go off to college at her father's alma mater. When her father was in college he had volunteered at a local soup kitchen; when remembering the impact that this service had on both the community and on him, he commented to Sally “That soup kitchen is so wonderful, and I hope it's still there so you can volunteer at it too.”
 
Within the context of these lessons and/or your own experience with direct service, what do you think are some appropriate roles that direct service should play in meeting the needs of a population, and what do you think are some of the benefits, limitations, and challenges of direct service?
 
Prompt #2
Consider the following story:
 
A team of college students were participants in a 3 week service trip to Ecuador where they were building a school in a rural community. Much of the work was physically challenging “grunt work” involving pick axes and shovels, but the team was enthusiastic and motivated by the progress they were making on the school. One day as they were digging a trench a young Ecuadorian man approached the group and angrily grabbed the shovel from one of the students, saying that he was a construction worker who had a family to support but couldn't find work; he accused the students of taking his job away from him. During reflection that evening the team discussed their role in that community and whether their presence was perhaps doing more harm than good. One student even suggested that they would have done more good by staying home and instead send the money to the community where they could have hired local workers to build the school.

Within the context of this story and/or your own experience with service trips, what do you think are some appropriate roles of service trips, and what do you think are some of the benefits, limitations, and challenges of service trips?