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DePauw University

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DePauw University

Bonner Scholars Program

Hartman House

500 E Seminary 

Greencastle, IN 46135

Phone: 765-658-4615

Fax: 765-658-6542





Founded in 1837 by the Methodist Church, DePauw University is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and School of Music. One hundred percent of students live on campus and can choose from a diversity of living options - everything from traditional residence halls to Greek Houses, from singles to suites, from University-owned apartments and duplexes to theme houses. In our communities, residents have the opportunity to become involved in leadership, athletic, and social events. Our rich mix of extracurricular offerings consist of more than 95 clubs and organizations, including academic and athletic clubs, fraternities, sororities, and political and service organizations.







Location: Greencastle, Indiana (about an hour drive west of Indianapolis)

Enrollment: 2,396

Other interesting tidbits:   

  • DePauw is among the "Top 5 Best Values in Private Liberal Arts Schools," according to the June 2007 issue of Consumers Digest, which lists the 100 "top values" in American higher education.
  • DePauw is among the top 10 smaller colleges and universities in the United States for sending students to study abroad, according to Open Doors 2008, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education.
  • DePauw is ranked among the top 10 percent of colleges in terms of academic challenge for students, according to the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
  • DePauw has the fifth highest graduation rate in the nation among competitive colleges, according to a survey by the American Enterprise Institute on Public Policy.
  •  The Monon Bell Classic game between nearby Wabash College and DePauw is one of the oldest and most storied rivalries in college football.  Go Tigers!




Hartman Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership


This is the first year that our Bonner Scholar program will be in the Division of Academic Life.  We have co-located on campus with other offices.  More about the changes here.


Type of Program: Bonner Scholars

Year Began: 1993


Number of Bonner Scholars: 62




President: Dr. Brian Casey

Bonner Coordinator:  Jessie Scott

Bonner Program Adviser: Dough Harms 

Bonner Senior Intern: Page Daniels, Amarilis Roman

Bonner Congress Representatives: Jazmine Lesane, Alex Melendez

Class of 2016 Chair:  Daniel Chen

Class of 2017 Chair: Alex Ruger 

Class of 2018 Chair: Liz Aguilar

Class of 2019 Chair:  

Community Fund Chair: Page Daniels

Honor Chair:  Michaela Belcher

Public Relations Chair: Skip Brea






A Year At A Glance:

Bonner Orientation: Every August upperclass Bonner mentors welcome twenty new Bonner Scholars to campus.  Common staples of the orientation include: dinner with the president, a "Tour de Greencastle" visiting community partner sites, Bonner history, a rock climbing wall, and tons of bonding events!  We have found that working with students before school gives them a sense of the Bonner family before the whirlwind of activities picks up; it also allows students to get a feel for the Bonner programming and expectations.


All-Bonner Retreat: During the fall semester the whole Bonner program takes a day to spend time together doing a service project and seeing a new part of Putnam County. We have spent the day at local State Parks and Recreation areas.  At Cataract Falls State Park, we helped to clean the trails and waterways and picnicked at the covered bridge.  Last year, we had class competitions and sharing activities while enjoying the fall scenes from a shelter house at McCormick's Creek.  


First-Year Seminar and Trip:  Our first-year Bonners take a required pre-college program over mid-August titled

"Civic Education from Classroom to Community."  This course utilizes the six Bonner Common Commitments

as a framework, and concludes with a "This I Believe" writing exercise.  Our first-year service trip is an

element of this course.  For the fourth consecutive year, The Brother David Darst Center for Justice and Peace, Spirituality and Education in Chicago served as our host for the trip.  Our service sites included REST warming shelters, Su Casa, San Miguel Schools, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


Junior-Senior Symposium: The Symposium encourages students to connect and apply acquired skills and knowledge from leadership in service, internships, and off-campus study to life after DePauw.  Students will leave feeling empowered to make intentional choices about professional opportunities and to articulate how their out-of-class experiences make them engaged members in their community and workplace.


Sophomore Service Exchange: We get the opportunity to partner with Earlham College each Spring to engage in various service projects in the Indianapolis area.  The reflections and connections with Bonners with different backgrounds and program experiences is memorable.


"Bonner-Que": For the last meeting each academic year, our Bonners traditionally gather to share a meal together.  We pitch in with grilling and set-up and take time to share each other's company as the year winds down and finals gear up.


Recent Highlights: 

  • We had an amazing group of Bonner student leaders serve as program chairs!
  • Community Fund money was able to support the following projects:
    • Local food for "Neighbors in Need"
    • Putnam County Humane Society
    • Students working with Homeless youth in San Diego
    • Social Action Project
    • Ashia Project
    • Students working with local coffee growers in El Salvador
    • Family Reading Camp Out
    • Putnam County Library
    • Students working with Heifer International
    • Round Barn Day Care Playground
    • Greencastle Community Garden 
  • Bonner Love Teams "BLTs" continued to explore more of the social justice issues related to service.  A quiz was designed to help students pick which group would be the best fit for them.  The topics were 
    • Criminal Justice & Violence Prevention
    • Homelessness, Hunger & Poverty Reduction
    • Economic & Environmental Sustainability
    • Youth Development 
  • The Senior Convocation took on a new format than we were traditionally used to.  Our seniors partnered with one another to offer short workshop-like presentations to each class.  




Bonner Scholars and the Community:

The Ashia Project 

Senior is named Greencastle "Green Citizen of the Year"

Community Matters

DePauw Community Service

Empty Bowls


Being 'green' costs less for American taxpayers 


Civic responsibility important


The Humane Society

San Diego Winter Term In Service


Community Garden




Each year in December, the Bonner Scholars coordinate the 5000 Lights Luminaria on the DePauw campus. This year's luminaria event was held in conjunction with the Greencastle Civic League's "Lights of Love" program on the town square.  In this photo, Bonner Scholar Bryn Gehring sets up one of the luminaria.



The DePauw Bonner class of 2011 poses at the Darst Center before departing from the Chicago service trip in January.    All Bonner Scholars came together and cleaned up DePauw's Nature Park on service day.   








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