Bonner Application Form

To the applicant

The Bonner Program is a unique leadership development program for students with an interest in service and civic engagement. The program provides students an avenue to impact their campuses, their local communities and the world through leadership and excellence in service. In order to apply for the Bonner Program, prospective students must have applied for admissions at Washington and Lee University. Applicants must submit to the Bonner Office the following application, a resume and at least two references who can speak to the applicant’s leadership potential and interest in service.

All students with an interest in meaningful and significant service are invited to apply. However, financial need as evidenced by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile will be taken into consideration. In order to recognize that need, applicants should submit a FAFSA report and CSS Profile with W&L’s Financial Aid Office (if one is not already on record).

Materials may be mailed to:

Washington and Lee University Bonner Program
Mattingly 307
204 W. Washington, St. Lexington, VA, 24450-2116

The following must be completed and submitted to Washington and Lee University by the date listed above.

  • Admission Application for Washington and Lee University (submitted to Admissions Office)

  • Bonner Program application, resume and references (submitted to the Bonner Office)

  • Financial Aid forms, optional, but recommended for those with possible financial need (submitted to Washington and Lee University’s Financial Aid Office) 

Last name, first name, middle name, suffix
Are you a first generation college student?

Is community service a graduation requirement at your high school?

*While all students are invited to apply, most selected students must demonstrate financial need as evidenced by their FAFSAs. This information will only be shared with the Bonner Coordinator and Director.


Please type your responses to the following essay question:

Why are you applying for the Bonner Program? How do you expect the Bonner Program to impact your education at W&L? (Maximum of 500 words)

In addition to answering the above application and essay, please submit a one-page resume. Written recommendations are optional, but please be sure to submit at least one reference above.

By clicking submit, I affirm to the best of my ability that the information contained herein is true and accurate. I also grant the Bonner Scholars Director and Coordinator permission to review my admissions application to Washington and Lee and all pertinent information collected by the Admissions Office.