Bonner Scholars Program
The Bonner Scholars Program was created with the belief that college students engaged in service have unique gifts and talents that bring energy, creativity, and hope to individuals and communities. It is based also on the belief that colleges and universities can and must be a "telling presence" in their local communities. In launching and supporting the Bonner Scholars Program, the Bonner Foundation has entered into a partnership with participating institutions that have made a commitment to envision new possibilities for campus-community partnerships.
Once a student enrolls in the Bonner Program, he or she commits to a series of expectations, including the following:
- Arriving on campus before the regular freshman orientation to participate in an orientation program designed specifically for new Bonner Scholars;
- Serving an average of ten hours a week at a community service site during the school year;
- Completing at least two full-time summer service internships;
- Engaging in a comprehensive placement process for required service work, including establishing service and learning goals and defining methods for achieving these goals;
- Attending regular group reflection, enrichment and training activities through which the student will be challenged and supported in developing his or her skills, knowledge, commitments and responsibilities; and
- Considering ways to integrate his or her academic studies with community service activities.