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For Students Applying to Carson-Newman


Congratulations! We are delighted to hear you're consider Carson-Newman as your college of choice. This area of our website will tell you about C-N's Service scholarship programs at the Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. We invite you to apply for the Faith and Justice Scholarship and the Bonner Program Scholarship. Each of these programs provides substantial financial support for students who are committed to service and the pursuit of justice in their communities.

Carson-Newman Faith and Justice Scholars are selected based on previous service and justice work, commitment to Christian faith, and a desire to discern their future commitment to justice and faith. These merit based scholars enroll in an academic course on the integration of faith and social justice. Each semester, Scholars complete a minimum of 50 hours of service with a local faith-based organization and complete 40-50 hours of personal and professional development, mentorship, and Bible study. This four year program is for students who seek to understand how a strong Christian faith and working for justice in their communities, nation, and world go hand-in-hand.

Another opportunity, The Bonner Program at Carson-Newman, is also part of the Bonner Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement, and is funded from an endowment from the Bonner Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, a pioneer in combining service, citizenship, and higher learning. The Bonner Program has openings for 10-15 students every year (depending on available slots), who serve their community for 10 hours a week and learn how to be an effective citizen and social entrepreneur through training and enrichment opportunities both in and out of class. Students take classes that involve service and how to understand the world and make it a more just and caring place. Students have fun and make great friends while having a positive impact on the community. Students from low income families or who are members of an underrepresented group, such as an ethnic minority, are given preferential consideration for 10 of the 15 openings in the Bonner Program. The five remaining openings are open to all students based on goodness of fit for the Bonner Program, regardless of financial situation.

Both programs include opportunities for service, professional development, and lots of fun, unique experiences. Students may apply to BOTH programs but may only be a part of one program. Applications are accepted online! 

If you have questions, please feel free email us at or give us a call at 865-471-3594. And get that application in as soon as possible! We want to hear from you!

Bonner Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Carson-Newman University
CN Box 72008 - Jefferson City, TN 37760 USA

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