Presidential Service Corps Scholarships
Committed to the belief that an education includes both fostering students' intellectual growth and developing them into socially responsible citizens, President Harris created the Presidential Service Corps (PSC) program in 2002. Since then, the PSC has grown to include up to 60 students per year. In 2007, the Presidential Service Corps partnered with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation to further develop student civic leaders at Widener University and form the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader Program (PSC/Bonner).
The PSC/Bonner Leader program is comprised of 60 undergraduates. Students in the PSC/Bonner Leader program commit to serving 300 hours of community service per year in the city of Chester. In addition, students participate in training and enrichment activities that help them develop skills that propel them along the Bonner Foundation Student Developmental Model. All 60 PSC/Bonner Leaders receive an annual $5,000 award in addition to any need-based financial aid or academic-based scholarships.
The epitome of our core values in action, the PSC/Bonner Leaders are a distinguished group of students who live, learn, and work together, devoting themselves to responsible citizenship and inspiring others to do the same.
The PSC/Bonner Leader application process for Fall 2015 is now open:
- Submit an Undergraduate Application and receive acceptance into Widener University.
- Once identified as the top 10% of possible PSC/Bonner Leader candidates, qualified accepted students receive an invitation from Widener University to submit a PSC/Bonner Leader application.
- If invited to apply, submit a PSC/Bonner application, as described below, before the deadline:
Submitting a PSC/Bonner Application
The PSC/Bonner Leader application consists of a cover letter and resume.
In a one-page, single-spaced cover letter, applicants should communicate why they are applying to the program and why they are an ideal candidate based on their experiences, skill sets, and passions. In a one-page resume, applicants should include their contact information, activities, awards, and community service experiences.
Applicants must submit their completed applications by Friday, January 16, 2015 as one attachment (saved as a PDF file) via e-mail to Loretta Mooney at email@example.com with "PSC/Bonner Resume" in the e-mail subject line.
For questions on the program, please contact Loretta Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After reviewing all applications, Widener invites finalists in late January to attend a PSC/Bonner Leader Interview Experience held in mid-February. Hosted by President Harris, Widener administrators, faculty, and current PSC/Bonner Leaders interview finalists and share more about the Widener PSC/Bonner Leader experience. A reception and information/workshop session allows perspective students and a parent to learn more about the PSC/Bonner Program from current students.
By early March, Widener notifies PSC/Bonner Leader award recipients regarding their status in the PSC/Bonner Leader program.
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