The Bonner Program

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Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422




“Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve.” The good work of the Bonner Leaders and Scholars at Centre impacts the community through direct service and advocacy for policy change.

The Bonner Program at Centre College is a network of 60 students on campus (and thousands nationwide) dedicated to alleviating poverty and improving education through active community service and civic engagement.

In 1990, The Bonner Foundation, located in Princeton, New Jersey, created the first Bonner Scholars Program at Berea College, Ky., with the mission of providing resources for college students who were dedicated to becoming civically engaged in their communities. Today, Centre is one of eight-seventy American colleges and universities (one of four in Kentucky) that make up the National Bonner Network.

Entering its 16th year on Centre’s campus, The Bonner Scholars Program is a vibrant part of our Centre Community. Our program is comprised of a dedicated group of sixty students from all years of study who, in partnership with a network of nonprofit community partners in the Danville/Boyle Co. community, build the capacity of these organizations and our overall community to provide ever-greater opportunities for under-represented populations in need. The Centre College campus as a whole benefits from the program by contributing to a culture of service and social awareness that permeates all social groups and academic interests. The students who participate in the program are uniquely transformed into campus and community leaders through the personal and professional growth that comes from membership in the Bonner family and regular engagement in training sessions, retreats, and experiential learning through service. Preference is given to students with significant financial need.

All members of the Bonner Scholars Program share the same common commitments to diversity, social justice, international perspectives, spiritual exploration, civic engagement, and community building.

Bonner Scholars Benefits

• $24,000 Scholarship
• Up to $5,000 total stipend for two summers of service
• $2,000 loan forgiveness award upon graduation
• Mentoring from Bonner Program Staff
• Access to Rising Senior Fund, up to $500
• Access to the Bonner Community Fund
• Access to the Leadership Fund
• Bonner service sites double as work-study sites, if eligible

Expectations of Bonner Leaders

• 8-10 hours of direct service each week during the school year
• Participation in weekly meetings and training events
• 280 total Bonner hours per academic year (140 hours per semester)
• Participation in the Bonner Fall and Spring retreats
• Participation in the First-Year annual service trip in May
• Participation in the Sophomore Service Exchange
• Participation in the Junior Capstone Experience
• Participation in the Senior Legacy Presentations
• Two funded summer of service internships (Scholars only)
• One meeting with director and/or coordinator per semester

Bonner Leaders Benefits

• Bonner service sites double as work-study sites, if eligible
• Optional summers of service (limited funding available)
• Access to the Bonner Community Fund
• Access to the Leadership Fund
• Mentoring from Bonner Program Staff


Students are invited to apply for admission into the Bonner Program and should carefully consider the commitments and benefits that accompany acceptance into the program. Applicants must first apply for admission for Centre College and apply for financial aid. Bonner Scholar applications are due by January 15, 2016. Upon review, finalists will be invited for an on-campus or skype interview with the director and/or coordinator of the program. Scholars will be notified by Mid-March. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend our Diversity, Leadership, and Service Weekend February 24-26.

Bonner Scholars Application

Bonner Program Staff

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gregory Chery director of the Bonner Program.


Liz Brandt

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Community Service Coordinator Address Centre College Student Life Office Campus Center Phone: 859.238.6915

Liz is from Lawrenceburg, Ky., and graduated from Centre College in 2015 with a BA in anthropology/sociology. She joined the Student Life Office as the Community Service Coordinator in July 2016. In this role, she helps manage the Bonner Scholars Program and assists in all community service engagement on campus. While at Centre, Liz was a Bonner Scholar and served as the Bonner Congress Representative and Senior Intern. She was the co-President of CentrePeace, a TA for Intro Anthropology courses, and studied abroad in Ghana, Guatemala, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Gregory Chery

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Director of Community Service and the Bonner Program Address Centre College Student Life Office Campus Center Phone: 859.238.8752

Greg, a native of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti by way of Boston, Mass., joined the Student Life Staff in 2016. He came to Centre in 2007 as a Posse Scholar and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Prior to joining the Student Life Staff, Greg spent five years in Centre’s Admission Office, mainly focusing on diversity recruiting, and also advising the Diversity Student Union. Now, He serves as the Director of Community Service and The Bonner Program.