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Scholarship Spotlight: Bonner Scholarship

Beth Feinberg Keenan

Written by Beth Feinberg Keenanon July 13th, 2020

I started my career at Lesley University and spent over a decade at Northeastern University’s Office for Student Financial Services, where I was a senior assistant director. At Northeastern, I worked with applicants for financial aid, athletes, and families interested in financing their educations. In addition, I have served as an ambassador with the Massachusetts Education Finance Authority, visiting Massachusetts high schools to introduce students and parents to the financial aid process and the many sources of education financing that are available. I'm a graduate of Scripps College in Claremont CA, and I have an MBA and a master’s degree in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University. I serve as an ambassador with the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
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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. Website: Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements. Contact-Us-CTA


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