Bonner Application


The Bonner Leader 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. Applicants are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership potential, and all students with an interest in meaningful and significant service are encouraged to apply.

The application is open to all incoming first-year students at the College of Charleston. The application process is competitive and highly selective. Seven incoming first-year applicants will be selected to be a part of the Bonner Leader Program. 

After applications are reviewed, finalists will be contacted in Mid-June and invited to complete a Zoom interview.

The application form contains 8 short essay questions. Most of the prompts are designed to be answered in 2-3 paragraphs, but please take as much space as you need. We encourage you to write your responses to the essay questions before starting the application and pasting them into the application form. Please see the full list of essay prompts below.

- Why are you interested in the Bonner Leader Program, and what do you hope to gain from the program?

- What is one social, political, or economic issue that is important to you and why?

- Tell us about a time when you failed.

- What motivates you?

- Are you diverse?

- What makes a good leader? Who is the best leader you know or know of?

- Please select one of the following to answer:

                          What do you like most about yourself?

                          Are you a hammer or nail?

                          What was your favorite childhood book?

- Is there anything else you would like the selection committee to know about you that you feel is not adequately reflected in your previous answers? Feel free to be creative.



To learn more about the national Bonner network, please visit the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation website at


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