The Bonner Program
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.
The Bonner Program is a group of students who are dedicated to becoming civically engaged in their communities. The Bonner Program at Centre College is comprised of 60 diverse students who are passionate about making a lasting impact through community service. The Program includes 30 Bonner Scholars who are select students who are committed to community service and demonstrate high financial need. The Program also consists of 30 Bonner Leaders who are select students who are interested in making service a priority during their Centre experience. Bonners are matched with nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies that align with their interests in social issues and, for four years, intern 10 hours a week at one organization. The Centre College community benefits from the Bonner Program because of the culture of service created and social issue awareness that permeates different social groups and academic interests. Bonners greatly value and respect the safe space to share ideas and to dialogue across difference. Bonners are uniquely transformed through the personal and professional growth that comes from membership in the Bonner community and regular engagement in experiential learning through service.
All members of the Bonner Program share the same common commitments to diversity, social justice, international perspectives, spiritual exploration, civic engagement, and community building.
What is a Bonner Scholar?
Bonner Scholar positions are offered to select students who are committed to community service and demonstrate high financial need.
Bonner Scholars Expectations
• Bonner Scholars commit to complete an average of 10 hours of service a week (140 hours per semester) during the academic year. These hours are made up mainly of direct service at a community organization.
• Bonner Scholars commit to training sessions, enrichment workshops, retreats, and weekly seminars that address social issues and teach tangible skills.
• First year Bonner Scholars participate in a New Bonner orientation prior to the Centre College new student orientation.
• Participation in the Bonner Scholars Program is much more than simply completing the required service hours. Bonner Scholars are part of a community that strives to cultivate and maintain a service-minded culture both on campus and in Danville.
Bonner Scholars Benefits
• Bonner Scholars will receive a $25,000 annual scholarship contingent upon successful completion of school-year academic service requirements.
• Bonner Scholars are required to participate in two summer internships at nonprofit organizations of their choice anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. During each summer, Scholars receive up to $1,000 for summer living expenses and an earnings stipend of $1500 upon completion of 280 hours of summer service.
• Upon four years of successful completion of the Bonner Program, the Bonner Foundation awards $2,000 toward student loan reduction.
What is a Bonner Leader?
Bonner Leader positions are offered to select students who are interested in making service a priority during their Centre Experience.
Bonner Leader Expectations
• First Year Bonner Leaders arrive to Centre for the New Bonner Orientation the week before Centre College’s First Year Orientation. Following the New Bonner Orientation, Bonner Leaders attend the Bonner Program’s Fall Overnight Retreat with all returning Bonners. First Year Bonner Leaders and First Year Bonner Scholars enter Centre as a cohort.
• Bonner Leaders commit to complete an average of 10 hours of service a week (140 hours per semester) during the academic year. These hours are made up mainly of direct service at a community organization.
• Bonner Leaders commit to training sessions, enrichment workshops, retreats, and weekly seminars that address social issues and teach tangible skills.
Bonner Leader Benefits
• During the academic year, Bonner Leaders are compensated through Federal Work-Study for 8-10 hours of service per week.
• Bonner Leaders are able to participate in summer internships at nonprofit organizations of their choice in anywhere in the US or abroad. (limited funding available)
The Bonner Scholars Program and varsity athletic sports at the College are both examples of student involvement that enrich the educational experience. In recognition of the significant expectations and demands placed on a student by each of these commitments, students are encouraged to consider carefully their decision to participate in both a varsity athletic sport and the Bonner Scholars Program.
*Applicants are highly encouraged to attend the Diversity, Leadership, and Service Weekend on February 16th-18th, 2018.Bonner Program Application
Bonner Program Staff
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gregory Chery director of the Bonner Program.
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.
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.