Graduate School Opportunities

The following graduate schools offer special benefits (e.g., partial- and full-tuition scholarships, application fee waivers) for graduates of the Bonner Program:

  • American University’s School of International Service

  • Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College

  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia

  • Earlham School of Religion

  • McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

  • Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

  • Lily School of Philanthropy at IUPUI

  • Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University

  • Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University

  • School of Divinity at Wake Forest University

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Located in Washington D.C., American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top ten school of international affairs, founded with a mission of waging peace and improving the human condition over 60 years ago. Current students report that the number one reason they chose SIS for their graduate study is our ethos of service.  Students come to SIS to prepare themselves for careers that matter—whether by influencing environmental policy; developing creative approaches to alleviate poverty; analyzing foreign policy; interrupting cycles of conflict; or advocating for human rights protections, among other ways of making a positive impact on today’s pressing global issues. Students from the Bonner Program will find a strong community of colleagues who share their service mindset at SIS. 

SIS is committed to leveraging its position as one of the largest schools of international affairs in the country to ensure that all voices are at the table when it comes to preparing a next generation of leaders in the field of international affairs that better represents the diversity of our country. SIS welcomes students from all backgrounds and with a variety of experiences because we know that a diverse school and a diverse professional field will be better able to identify creative solutions to the most challenging issues of our time.

The Bonner/SIS Partnership encourages current or former Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders interested in pursuing graduate education in international affairs to apply to any one of our 15 Master’s Degree programs. SIS offers an application fee waiver for all Bonner Program students. SIS will also award a $10,000 scholarship to up to five Bonner Scholars/Bonner Leaders who are accepted into eligible SIS residential Master’s programs.

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The Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL seeks to provide an excellent education to these students who focus on leadership and philanthropy through our immersive experiences. Our Early Advantage MBA allows students to learn by experiences and serve the community through both in- and out-of-classroom experiences. The Crummer MBA has been ranked #1 by HR.com for the past 5 years. Students earning an Early Advantage MBA can join multiple student organizations, serve as executive members of nonprofit boards, develop and direct community service projects and partake in over 100 leadership development events offered each year. Crummer’s Early Advantage MBA does not require experience and is open to students of all majors. The Crummer Graduate School of Business would like to partner with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation by recruiting exceptional students with service-learning and leadership experience to pursue an MBA, so that Bonner participants can positively impact organizations and understand philanthropy from all perspectives.

Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program participants and alumni who have successfully met the requirements of their scholarship/service who apply to the Early Advantage MBA program at The Crummer Graduate School of Business receive the following partnership benefits:

  • Guaranteed $10,000 scholarship for admitted Bonner Graduates

  • Application fee waiver

  • Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders may also be eligible for additional admissions and

    leadership-based scholarships from the Crummer Graduate School of Business

Eligibility Requirements and Next Steps:

  • Provide a letter verifying your participation in the program from your Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program adviser from your home institution or from the central office

  • Successfully complete requirements of Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader Program at undergraduate institution

  • Must maintain good academic standing to maintain scholarship support

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The University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at a glance:

  • As part of the University of Virginia, Batten students enjoy the resources and network of a university that is consistently ranked as one of the top three public schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

  • Of the 250-plus schools of public policy and administration in the U.S., the Batten School has the distinction of being the only one explicitly committed to teaching leadership—how it works, why context matters in decision-making and which actions lead to tangible results.

  • Graduates of the Batten School are in high demand. They’re recruited aggressively by government agencies, from the intelligence community to Congress, local interest groups and NGOs, and by private-sector employers from consulting firms to investment-risk analysts.

The Bonner/Batten Partnership encourages current or former Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders interested in pursuing graduate education in leadership and public policy to apply to the Batten MPP. The Batten School will provide an application fee waiver for all Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders, and for those accepted into the program, a minimum guaranteed fellowship of $10,000/year for Virginia residents and $17,500/year for non-Virginia residents in each of the MPP program’s two years. 

Learn more about Batten's MPP program here

Earlham School of Religion (ESR) is a non-creedal Christian graduate theological school in the Quaker tradition located in Richmond, Indiana. ESR prepares individuals for leadership that empowers and for ministry that serves. This mission grows out of our Christian belief that God calls everyone to ministry. Using a transformative model of education, ESR encourages students to explore the intellectual, spiritual, and practical dimensions of their calls to ministry. Throughout their history, Quakers have taken a leading role in speaking truth to power, exposing social and economic concerns, and ministering to those among us who are most in need. If these values resonate with you, you can be a part of this continuing work regardless of your religious background. ESR offers Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees as well as certificate programs and classes residentially and through our ESR Access distance program. Through the Leadership and Service Scholarship, Earlham School of Religion offers full-tuition scholarships to Bonner graduates. 

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The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C.

Our mission is to teach our students to help design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world. The McCourt School flagship degree is the Master in Public Policy. McCourt also offers a Master in International Development Policy, a Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy, a Master in Policy Management, an Executive Master in Policy Leadership, as well as other dual degree and executive programs. The McCourt School will waive the application fee for all Bonner Scholar and Leader applicants as well as provide up to two admitted Bonner Scholars or Leaders a $25,000 minimum scholarship award.

For more information about the McCourt School/Bonner Scholarship, please visit here.

At the Rollins School of Public Health, students learn to identify, analyze, and intervene in today's most pressing public health issues. The public health school's location in Atlanta, referred to as the "Public Health Capital of the World," is also home to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; CARE; the national home office of the American Cancer Society; The Carter Center; the Arthritis Foundation; numerous state and regional health agencies; and the patient care, teaching, and health-related research programs of Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center. This setting is ideal for hands-on research, collaborations with the world's leading public health agencies, and interdisciplinary work with national and international organizations.  Our public health graduate program is community oriented, and many students bring actual problem-solving experiences with them. Students join the Rollins community from all 50 states and from more than 40 foreign countries to contribute to the school and apply knowledge to promote health and prevent disease in human populations. Our top-ranked public health program comprises six academic departments: behavioral sciences and health education, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and global health, and hosts over two dozen interdisciplinary centers. 

Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program participants and alumni who have successfully met the requirements of their scholarship/service and who have been admitted to the Master of Public Health or Master of Science of Public Health programs at the Rollins School of Public Health will receive as part of the financial aid package:

Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt Unviersity seeks to enhance the human condition, with a particular focus on children’s learning and development. They accomplish this mission, through the preparation of teachers and leaders; through cycles of research, implementation, and refinement; through service to families, schools, and communities; and through external engagement with professionals, leaders, and policy-makers. Peabody’s focus on learning differences has helped to define the college, as has a reputation for empirical rigor in educational neuroscience; child, family, and community development; special education; the learning sciences; and educational leadership and policy. Peabody is devoted to creating opportunity in an increasingly diverse society and to solving large societal problems.

Bonner Program participants and alumni who have: (1) successfully met the requirements of their scholarship/service and (2) possess an interest in education policy and research are encouraged to apply for a graduate or professional degree at Peabody College. The school will provide an application fee waiver for all Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders, and for those accepted into the program, a partial tuition scholarship that applies to any of their 16 Master’s and 3 Ed.D. programs. 

Eligibility Requirements and Next Steps:

  • Submit a complete application by the December 31 priority deadline.

  • Earn admission to a Master’s or Ed.D. program at Peabody College.

  • Successfully complete requirements of Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader Program at undergraduate institution.

  • Provide a letter verifying your participation in the program from your Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program adviser from your home institution or from the central office.

  • Must maintain good academic standing to maintain scholarship support.

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy seeks to educate and prepare future leaders in the philanthropic sector. With a strong emphasis on community partnerships and practice as part of the educational experience, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy provides multiple avenues for students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom via graduate assistantships and internships. Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Students engage with community partners through the internship as part of the core curriculum and through student organizations and activities.

Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program participants and alumni who have successfully met the requirements of their scholarship/service and who have been admitted to the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies program at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will receive the following as part of the financial aid package:

  • $3,000 Lilly Family School of Philanthropy tuition scholarship for Indiana residents.  The scholarship will be applied each semester based on the number of courses taken.  Indiana residents will receive $250 per class for a total of $3,000.

  • $6,000 Lilly Family School of Philanthropy tuition scholarship for non-residents.  The scholarship will be applied each semester based on the number of courses taken.  Non-Resident students will receive $500 per class for a total of $6,000.

  • Application fee waiver

  • Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders may also be eligible for additional admissions based scholarships from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Learn more about IUPUI's Philanthropy program here.

NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. Our faculty’s research changes the way people frame, understand, and act on important public issues. We provide our students with critical skills, access to all that New York City has to offer, and a deep understanding of context surrounding public service challenges—which they use to improve cities and communities across the globe. NYU Wagner will waive the $85 application fee for all Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders who apply to the program.

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest University School of Divinity is a growing, dynamic theological environment that prepares all folks to minister in a rapidly changing world. The faculty and staff encourage a culture of learning that nurtures critical inquiry, theological reflection and the integration of theory and hands-on impact in ministry. Our goal is to prepare leaders who balance deep thinking with compassion and wisdom as they work toward God's justice in the world and bring good news to those in need. Our mission is simple: equip students to become agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion.