“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. The Program includes 30 Bonner Scholars, select students who are committed to making an impact through service and demonstrate high financial need, and an additional 30 Bonner Leaders 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 intern 10 hours a week at one of those organizations throughout their four years. The Centre community benefits from the program by creating a culture of service and social issue awareness that permeates different social groups and academic interests, and Bonners are uniquely transformed through the personal and professional growth that comes from membership 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.
We respect and embrace the many dimensions of diversity in our private and public lives.
We advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
We develop international understanding that enables us to participate successfully in a global society.
We explore personal belief while respecting the spiritual practices of others.
We participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.
We establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.
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)