The Bonner Program:
Recruitment

“Access to Education,
     Opportunity to Serve”

A program of:
The Corella & Bertram Bon...
Recruitment:
 Overview
• Overview
  -   Type of student
  -   Pipelines
  -   Application Process
  -   Interviews & Campu...
Recruitment:
Type of Student
• Service experience: a student who has shown
  commitment to the ethic and engagement in
  s...
Recruitment:
 Pipelines
• Recruited by Bonner Leader/Scholar (Allegheny
  College)
• Targeted relationships with high scho...
Recruitment:
Application

• Written information found easily on the school’s
  website
• Questions elicit students’ experi...
Recruitment:
Interviews & Campus Visits

• Interviews on the phone or in-person help
  clarify the student’s capacity for ...
Recruitment:
 Scholar & Leader Distinctions

                     Bonner Scholars           Bonner Leaders


 When Recruit...
Recruitment:
 Resources

• Recruitment Implementation Guide (Strategy, Tips)
• Sample Applications, Admissions Letters, Br...
Recruitment:
Self-Assessment and Evaluation

Effective Recruitment:
Effective, timely recruitment strategy that results
in...
Recruitment:
 Best Practices

• Laura Megivern, Johnson State University
• Rina Tovar, Stetson University
• Kevin Buechler...
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Bonner Recruitment

  1. 1. The Bonner Program: Recruitment “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve” A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org
  2. 2. Recruitment: Overview • Overview - Type of student - Pipelines - Application Process - Interviews & Campus Visits - Some Scholar & Leader distinctions • Resources • Best Practices • Self-Assessment and Evaluation www.bonner.org
  3. 3. Recruitment: Type of Student • Service experience: a student who has shown commitment to the ethic and engagement in service • Recruit for diversity: people of color, males, international students • Scholars: during high school, or even in one’s family; financial need • Leaders: on campus, in other programs, or during high school www.bonner.org
  4. 4. Recruitment: Pipelines • Recruited by Bonner Leader/Scholar (Allegheny College) • Targeted relationships with high schools • Targeted international recruitment (Mars Hill and the Sudan) • Utilizing national network (Matt Morton, identifying other foster youth) • Close relationship with Admissions Office • Small Bonner Scholar schools notify all eligible students www.bonner.org
  5. 5. Recruitment: Application • Written information found easily on the school’s website • Questions elicit students’ experience with and ethic for service • Staff & student leaders are involved in screening • Most campuses try to solidify incoming class in Spring prior to Fall start • A multi-step process ensures good selections www.bonner.org
  6. 6. Recruitment: Interviews & Campus Visits • Interviews on the phone or in-person help clarify the student’s capacity for success (e.g., attitude, fit, experience) • Some campuses include parents in the recruitment process (e.g., Emory & Henry) • Preview weekends, with student-led team projects, are a best practice (e.g., West Virginia Wesleyan) • Timeline corresponds with college’s overall admissions timeline www.bonner.org
  7. 7. Recruitment: Scholar & Leader Distinctions Bonner Scholars Bonner Leaders When Recruited Pre-College Pre- or during college Duration 4 Years 2-4 Years Top 40% of high school Academic Criteria School determines class Estimated Family EFC < $7500 for at leas Optional criteria Contribution 85% of entering class Bonner AmeriCorps Optional Optional www.bonner.org
  8. 8. Recruitment: Resources • Recruitment Implementation Guide (Strategy, Tips) • Sample Applications, Admissions Letters, Brochures, Interview Questions & Screening Criteria (In Good Form and Guide) • Bonner Scholar Program Rules (Recruitment) • Other schools’ suggestions www.bonner.org
  9. 9. Recruitment: Self-Assessment and Evaluation Effective Recruitment: Effective, timely recruitment strategy that results in a diverse, highly committed group of students who are a good fit for both the institution and the Bonner Program Program Retention: As good or better retention for Bonner students as for the institution as a whole www.bonner.org
  10. 10. Recruitment: Best Practices • Laura Megivern, Johnson State University • Rina Tovar, Stetson University • Kevin Buechler, Davidson College www.bonner.org

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