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.
Birthdate Month January February March April May June July August September October November December Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 1952 1951 1950 1949 1948 1947 1946 1945 1944 1943 1942 1941 1940 1939 1938 1937 1936 1935 1934 1933 1932 1931 1930 1929 1928 1927 1926 1925 1924 1923 1922 1921 1920 1919 1918 1917 1916 1915 1914 1913 1912 1911 1910 1909 1908 1907 1906 1905 1904 1903 1902 1901 1900 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. Summarize your community service experience in a brief “Service Resume” listing the service activities in which you have been involved and/or the family and work responsibilities you have had. Include a brief description of each activity and mention any leadership roles you held. For purposes of this question community service is broadly defined as service provided to individuals or communities to meet social, educational, or environmental needs and could include work at non-profit institutions such as food banks, soup kitchens, hospitals, schools, etc., and work with community organizations such as coaching recreation league teams, being a camp counselor, etc. 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?