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Service Scholars

Civic Scholar Programs

At Spelman College we know that gifted, motivated college students bring vision, energy, intellect and hope to our communities, locally and globally. We believe that students are transformed by working in a program whose focus on the common good gives them a sense of purpose and meaning.

Each year, a few select entering students are invited to become Service Scholars. They are selected because each has demonstrated a commitment to service and leadership.

student painting careersOur dynamic Civic Scholar Programs engage diverse students in substantive service in local, national and international communities. Spelman Service Scholars are leaders on our campus and are developed to become leaders in their careers and life-long contributors to their communities.

While at Spelman, Service Scholars participate in leadership training, form bonds with one another, and learn how to become change agents in the world. In addition to participating in unique service-learning and leadership opportunities, Service Scholars are singled out for special attention and programs with leadership professionals and community leaders.

Those who complete the requirements of their service cohort will graduate with an exceptional portfolio of skills, experiences, insights and responsibilities that will distinguish them among their peers. They are well prepared for success in professional or graduate school as well as competitive for prestigious national fellowships and scholarships. Their hands-on achievements as problem-solvers, team leaders and innovators will be backed with a deep understanding of the social and political challenges that face us at home and globally. Service Scholars will step forth as Spelman graduates who are prepared to act and lead, as well as to think and to know.

Becoming a Spelman Service Scholar

The Spelman Civic Scholar Programs are highly-selective programs for exceptional undergraduate students with a passion for service and a talent for leadership. The programs are designed to focus the selected students on making a difference on campus, in the Metro-Atlanta community, and in the world.

Thank you for your interest in the Bonner Scholar Program at Spelman College. The timeline for selection of incoming Bonner Scholars at Spelman typically begins in January with invitations to the program extended on April 15.

This year, due to ongoing delays with the release of accurate FAFSA information by the US Department of Education, we cannot complete the evaluation of applicants for selection of the C'2028 Bonner Scholar cohort by April 15, 2024. Consequently, the decision has been made to close the application and reset the selection timeline. 
Interested students, in the class of 2028, who are enrolled at Spelman College when the process re-opens this fall, will have the opportunity to apply. Invitations to the Bonner Scholar Program will not be extended before the August start of the 2024/2025 academic year, and no Bonner scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester.   

Contact Us

Bonner Office of Civic Engagement
350 Spelman Lane S.W.
Box 1543
Atlanta, GA 30314

Campus Location
Manley Student Center, Upper Level

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