February 15: Financial Aid and Bonner Scholars

As the Richmond Scholars process moves forward in the semi-finalist stage, and the admission committee works to build a class and select Presidential Scholarship recipients, even more opportunities for financial resources are up and coming. I wanted to highlight the two most prominent (and immediate) opportunities.

Richmond in Reach

Our need-based financial aid program guarantees that we will meet 100% of every enrolled student’s demonstrated need. With an average package of $37,760, 53% of this year’s first-year class demonstrated financial need; in total, the University is giving out more than $59 million in aid for the ’09-’10 year alone.

So why not apply? Some of the biggest misconceptions I hear about aid are addressed in my Mythbusters: Financial Aid and the FAFSA post from last year. Remember, Richmond is among fewer than 70 colleges in the country that truly meet 100% of demonstrated need, so don’t let past experiences, stereotypes, or hearsay deter you from at least investigating the option. Every year we encounter families who are happily surprised by the amount of aid they end up receiving.

To apply for financial aid, fill out the FAFSA and the Richmond in Reach Supplemental Application by the February 15 deadline. Also make sure you have your tax returns prepared and submitted by the deadline. All details can be found on our Financial Aid website, and the financial aid staff are happy to assist with any questions you may have.

Bonner Scholars Program

Are you a student who has been committed to community service and civic engagement in high school? Do you want to continue that commitment at the college level? Would you like to deepen your education and commitment to social justice and civic engagement through community involvement, as well as enrichment programs on campus?

Then consider applying for the Bonner Scholars Program. Bonner Scholars commit to 10 hours of community-engagement activities, both on and off campus, each week, and they receive scholarship funding (as well as stipends to pursue summer service opportunities). More fundamentally, they tend to become leaders in civic engagement among their peers and within the University community and greater Richmond region.

Apply by February 15 for consideration (the program is need-sensitive in its selection of scholars). For more information, visit the Bonner Scholars website or contact their offices with questions.


  1. Wendy
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    How many students have been selected as finalists for the Richmond Scholars Program this year?

    • Tom
      Posted February 25, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      Typically around 100-120 Richmond Scholars finalists are selected. I don’t know the exact number for this year.

      • carol
        Posted February 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

        Rumor has it that the finalists have been notified. Is this correct? Is that via email?

      • Tom
        Posted February 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

        Many finalists have been notified, but not all. I believe finalist notifications are going out primarily by e-mail, yes. All semi-finalists will be notified by next week at the latest, via e-mail or postal mail.

      • Confused
        Posted March 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

        Your last posting said that all “SEMI-finalists” will be notified by next week at the latest. But this whole thread was referring to Finalists. Did you perhaps mean to say that all Finalists will be notified by next week, or are you still choosing semi-finalists for the Richmond Scholars Program?


      • Tom
        Posted March 2, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

        I’m sorry for the confusion! What I meant was that all semi-finalists will be notified whether they have or have not become finalists by the end of this week. It’s not just finalists who will hear from us – so will the semi-finalists who do not advance.

      • Marlene
        Posted March 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        Can you tell me how many Bonner Scholars are picked each year?

      • Tom
        Posted March 3, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink


        The number can vary from year to year depending upon how many spaces the program has available; I believe it averages to about 25 per year.

  2. Marlene
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    When will Bonner scholars be announced?

    • Tom
      Posted March 9, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink


      Bonner Scholars are typically notified in early April, shortly after students receive an offer of admission.

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