Bonner Scholar Students Receive “Star Award” From Bonner Foundation

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Jun 16 2009

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Bonner Scholar Students Receive “Star Award” From Bonner Foundation

Athens, W.Va. – Two web videos created by Concord University’s Bonner House for Campus-Wide Community Service received the honor of earning a “Star Award” from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation at the 2009 Summer Leadership Institute conference at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Concord University was the only school honored more than once.

The “Star Award” is the Bonner Foundation’s highest honor given for videos produced as part of the Bonner Video Project, an initiative among the 85 colleges and universities throughout the United States that participate in the Bonner Scholars or Bonner Leaders programs. As part of the Foundation’s Serve 2.0 initiative, the video project provides a framework for Bonner Network schools to use the power of film as a tool for communicating passion and purpose.

Concord University won for videos in the “Community Partner Profile” and “Training and Enrichment” categories.

The community partner profile video featured “Street Sense,” a homeless empowerment newspaper project in Washington, D.C., that gives the homeless a place to share their talents and a way to make money aside from panhandling. The video also featured Concord University Bonner Scholars’ participation in the “Vendor for a Day” program.

The training and enrichment video featured Concord University students who participated in the Student Homeless Challenge Project hosted by the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, D.C. The video features highlights from interviews with students before and after experiencing homelessness firsthand on the streets of the nation’s capital for 48 hours and the change that occurred in many of their attitudes.

“All of the videos submitted by Concord this year were well put together, informative, and inspiring,” said Rebecca Grinstead, a program associate at the Bonner Foundation coordinating the video project. “The Concord Bonner Scholar program was also recognized for the creative ways they got their videos out there--because it’s only a great video if people watch it—by posting them on Facebook, YouTube, Ning and more.”

“We are delighted that our videos are resonating with our community partners, students and the public and are being effective in raising awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness in the United States,” said Jesse Call, a worker with AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America who led the creation of the videos. “It was truly an honor to have received this recognition from the Bonner Foundation, and we thank them for issuing this challenge to us through the Bonner Video Project so we could increase our impact with our communities.”

The individual interviews are also featured by the National Coalition for the Homeless on their Student Homeless Challenge Project blog. The NCH has also marked the “Street Sense” video as one of its favorites on YouTube.

The two “Star Award” videos have also received the distinction of being a “VC2 Top Contender” on Current TV’s website. VC2 stands for viewer created content, and the top contenders are those with the best shot of making it on to television.

The Bonner House has created several videos throughout the semester featuring its work in communities and highlighting the problem of homelessness in the United States. Other videos include interviews with the homeless in Washington, D.C., and their stories of how they ended up on the streets.

All videos are available for viewing on the Bonner House’s YouTube channel at

In addition, the group has received a grant from the Bonner Foundation to work with other community agencies to make profile videos of their organizations and to provide them with resources and training to make their own. Those videos will also be featured on the Bonner House’s YouTube Channel.


Note to Editors: Feel free to use content from any of the Bonner videos. Videos are available for download at in both .m4v and .flv formats. Please contact Jesse Call at or 1-800-344-6679, ext. 6009 if you need assistance in acquiring the videos.