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BLP Rules - Recruitment and Selection

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Section I: Recruitment & Selection



1.1 Recruitment

  • The recruitment of Bonner Leaders should be as closely integrated into the year-round admissions process as possible, so that applications to the program are solicited along with the regular applications to the college and, thereby, used as a recruitment and yield tool.
  • To make it easier to coordinate the Bonner Leader selection process with the college’s own selection process, schools that are not on a rolling admissions process may opt to use the following process to select their incoming class: 
    • Recruit new Bonner Leaders so that applications to the program are due on the same date as the college’s admissions deadline;
    • Coordinate your selection of incoming Bonner Leaders with your college’s selection of the freshman class to ensure that you are working from the pool of students who will be offered admission by the college; 
    • Send award letters to the approved selection list of Bonner Leaders on the same day (or within several days) of your school sending its admission letters, thus ensuring that prospective students are able to make their decision regarding which college to attend knowing their status with the Bonner Leaders Program.


1.2 Selection Criteria

Each incoming Bonner Leader must meet the following criteria:


1.2.1 Community Service Requirements

  • Demonstrate that he or she has held a role(s) with significant responsibility at home, in church, at school, or in their community.


1.2.2 Financial Requirements

  • No less than 75% of the incoming class must qualify for Federal Work-Study.


1.2.3 Diversity

  • Achieve the gender balance that exists at the school as a whole (with no less than 40% of either male or female students).
  • Utilize the Bonner Program to assist the school in recruiting a diverse student body, valuing students' life experiences including those shaped by various demographic factors and social dynamics. 


1.3 Replacement Students

  • First- and second-year Bonner Leaders who withdraw from the program for any reason may be replaced. The following restrictions apply: 
    • Bonner Leaders must be replaced no later than the start of their third year;
    • Bonner Leader replacements should be in the same class as the student they are replacing.


1.4 Dismissal

  • The formal procedure for reviewing and dismissing Bonner Leaders who do not meet the expectations of the program should be given to all students in writing at the beginning of the school year.
  • Directors who are considering dismissing a student from the program are encouraged (but not required) to consult with the Foundation before any dismissals are made.


1.5 Retention

  • Every effort should be made to ensure that the retention rate of Bonner Leaders exceeds that of the general student population.