finding scholarships

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Everyone deserves a chance to attend college, and to share what they’ve learned with their community. This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to low-income students for four years of college, while simultaneously providing the opportunity for recipients to participate in community engagement experiences. This is the largest service-based, privately-funded scholarship program in the country and helps over 3,000 students annually.

Scholarship: Bonner Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation

Amount: Full documented financial need

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Over 3,000

Eligible Students: Recipients must be low-income (defined as meeting the eligibility criteria to receive the federal Pell Grant) and committed to community service. Scholars are expected to perform 10 hours per week of community service during the school year and 280 hours over the summer.

How to Apply: Must apply with one of the campus partners. Each campus has its own application and selection process. Link to participating partners here.

Deadline: Check with participating Scholars programs.


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Beth Feinberg Keenan
Beth Feinberg Keenan is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Before joining College Coach, Beth worked as a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Northeastern University. Visit our website to learn more about Beth Feinberg Keenan.