Bonner Scholars


Applications are still open for the 2023-24 incoming Freshman class.

Currently, we have a rolling deadline for applications and are considering candidates on a case-by-case basis. At this time, male candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Congratulations! You have found an opportunity right here at Carson-Newman University, which is part of a national network of over 75 colleges and universities affiliated with the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, a non-profit organization in Princeton, NJ, dedicated to “providing access to education and opportunities to serve.” Students admitted to the Bonner Scholars program at Carson-Newman receive a package of scholarship support (the amount of the Bonner Scholarship varies by student, but can range from $2,500 – $25,000) in return for participating in an intensive program of community service, professional skill development, and working for positive change in the world. Participants are called “Bonners” for short.

To learn more about the network, or if you would simply like to find ways to become more involved with the community, come visit the Center for Community Engagement at 703 E King Street! 

The Bonner program offers a great opportunity for leadership training and experience. Our motto is “Become the Change,” meaning we seek to embody the changes we want to see in the world, which we express in our “Common Commitments.”

Social Justice: Advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.

Civic Engagement: Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.

Community-Building: Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.

Spiritual Exploration: Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.

International Perspective: Develop international understanding that enables individuals to participate successfully and sensitively in a global society.

Diversity: Respect and engage the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives.

The application for the Bonner Scholars program can be found on the Prospective Students section of the Center for Community Engagement’s website, which can be found in the link below. If you have any further questions, concerns, or objections you may contact our center at 865-471-3594 or