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The Bonner Program: Overview. “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”. A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at

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the bonner program overview

The Bonner Program:Overview

“Access to Education,

Opportunity to Serve”

A program of:

The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation

10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax

For more information, please visit our website at

bonner foundation mission
Bonner Foundation Mission

Through sustained partnerships of colleges and congregations the Bonner Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity.

  • Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation
    • Incorporated in the late 1980s
  • Crisis Ministry Program
    • Supports Congregationally-affiliated hunger relief initiatives (approximately $650,000 per year)
  • Bonner Scholar Program
    • Piloted at Berea College in 1990-91
    • Currently 1500 students on 27 campuses in 12 states
    • More than 3000 Bonner Scholar alumni
  • Bonner Leader Program
    • Piloted in mid-1990s in New Jersey
    • Currently 1000+ students on 45+ campuses
facts at a glance
Facts at a Glance
  • Working with 68 colleges and universities in 20 states
  • Engaging 2,500 students through 27 Bonner Scholar and 41 Bonner Leader Programs
  • We’ve given $120 million to campus programs over the past 15 years
  • Each year, students are cumulatively providing 700,000 hours of service


Carson-Newman College

Maryville College

Rhodes College

Tusculum College


Appalachian School of Law

Bluefield College

Emory and Henry College

Ferrum College

Lynchburg College

Southwest Virginia Community College

University of Richmond

Washington and Lee University


Central Washington University

NW Learning & Achievement Group

Whitworth College

West Virginia

Concord College

West Virginia Wesleyan

Wheeling Jesuit University


University of Alaska, Anchorage


California State University Los Angeles

Pepperdine University

Saint Mary’s College of California

Sonoma State University

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Southern California


Jacksonville University

Stetson University


Berry College

Morehouse College

Spelman College


Brigham Young University

Idaho State University

University of Idaho


DePauw University

Earlham College


Washburn University


Berea College

Centre College

Lindsay Wilson College

Union College

University of Louisville


Hood College


College of the Ozarks

North Carolina

Davidson College

Guilford College

Lees McRae College

Mars Hill College

Pfeiffer University

Warren Wilson College

New Jersey

Middlesex County College

Rider University

The College of New Jersey


Antioch College

Defiance College

Oberlin College

University of Dayton


Portland State University


Allegheny College

Dickinson College

Juniata College

Messiah College

Waynesburg College

West Chester University

South Carolina

Converse College

Wofford College

bonner program goals
Bonner Program Goals
  • Students
    • To afford college students an opportunity to use their energy, talents, and leadership skills to engage in community service while providing developmental and financial support.
  • Campus
    • To challenge and strengthen a “culture of service” in which the school’s teaching, research, and service mission are integrated and every student, faculty, and staff is encouraged to serve.
  • Community
    • To facilitate greater cooperation and communication between the campus and the community by channeling the energies and talents of college students faculty, and staff to help address the challenges and opportunities of a local community.
  • Higher Education
    • To form a consortium of diverse higher education institutions sharing a common commitment to service and to serve as a successful model to other institutions which are interested in starting service-based scholarship programs.
the common commitments
The Common Commitments

Civic Engagement:Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.

International Perspective:Develop international understandingthat enables Bonner Scholars to participate successfully in a global society.

Community Building:Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships and common interests.

Social Justice:Advocate for fairness, impartiality and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.

Diversity: Respect the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives.

Spiritual Exploration:Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.

key program features
Key Program Features
  • Team-based Program
    • Multi-year program with 10-100 Bonner Scholars/Leaders per campus (5-25 per class)
    • Coordinated by an on-campus director and coordinator
    • Partnered with site supervisors at each community agency
  • Community Outreach
    • 10 hour per week plus full-time summers (summer optional for BLP based on funding availability)
    • 80% Direct service, 20% Training and Enrichment
    • Students select where they want to serve
    • Students also serve as service project leaders
  • Student Development
    • Supported through regular training and enrichment activities
    • Increased expectations each year in the program
financial structure
Financial Structure

Bonner Scholar

  • 4 year model
  • 10 hrs/wk school year
  • 2-3 summer service internships
  • Bonner Foundation pays student stipend
  • Bonner Foundation supports other program costs (service trips, community fund, etc.)
  • Bonner Leader
    • 2-4 year model
    • 10 hrs/wk school year
    • maybe summer
    • Institutional work-study or scholarships pay for student stipends
    • Institution or grants supports other program costs (service trips, trainings, etc.)


bonner americorps option
Bonner AmeriCorps Option
  • AmeriCorps Education Awards
    • 2 YR 900 hr term = $2,362.50 Ed Award
    • 1 YR 450 hr term = $1,250.00 Ed Award
    • 1 YR 300 hr term = $1,000.00 Ed. Award
  • Campus request slots from Bonner Foundation
implementation areas
Implementation Areas

Community Impact

Campus Infrastructure

Student Development

comprehensive placement process
Comprehensive Placement Process
  • High quality community partnerships
  • Community Learning Agreement
  • Logging service & training hours
  • Reporting service accomplishments
  • End-of-Semester Student Reflections
  • One-on-one individual coaching by Bonner staff
student development approach
Student Development Approach

Our student development approach offers students a journey including opportunities to develop:

  • Experience
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Knowledge
a comprehensive program
A Comprehensive Program
  • Retreats & community building events
  • 10 hours of service weekly during the academic year (300 hour total)
  • At least one full-time summer of service
  • Intensive training and enrichment activities, including meetings
  • Consistent reflection
  • Advising and mentorship
  • Increasing levels of leadership and responsibility, in service and on campus
  • Integrating the Common Commitments
supported by sustained activities
Supported by Sustained Activities

Over Two to Four Years

Each Year

  • Selection
  • Orientation
  • First Year Service Trip
  • Second Year Service Exchange
  • Recommitment Exercise
  • Junior Enrichment Project
  • Summer Service
  • Final (Senior) Presentation of Learning
  • Placement/ Community Learning Agreement (each semester)
  • Weekly to Monthly meetings by class
  • Monthly meetings with all Bonners
  • One-on-one interviews each semester
  • Reapply
pulling it together developmental roadmap 5 e s
Pulling It Together: Developmental Roadmap (5 E’s)


Academic linkages

(Service-learning, CBR, minor, major & certificates)



Through Service

(Developmental placements, learning through action)


Co-Curricular Activities

(Training & Enrichment,

Reflection, and Advising)


through service increasing leadership
Through Service: Increasing Leadership

Expertise - specialist

Culminating project

or capstone;

Academic connection;


Placements evolve to offer increasing complexity and responsibility

Example - team leader/coordinator

Continued development of focus; demonstrated knowledge and skill as project coordinator

Possible third summer (abroad or career connection)

Experience - regular volunteer

Development of greater focus; commitment to one agency and type of placement; Exchange;

Summer in a new area

Exploration - occasional volunteer

Exposure to the neighborhood, agencies, issue areas and types of placements; Service Trip;

Summer in the hometown


Prior experience in “service” including in one’s family

through co curricular intentional skill support
Through Co-Curricular: Intentional Skill Support


Academic Research

Career planning & vocation



Public Speaking

Skills for lifelong involvement

Training and enrichment opportunities support students to develop skills


Academic Connection

Leading inquiry & reflection

Personal and civic values

Project coordination

Resource development


Critical thinking

Diversity awareness

Group dynamics & communication

Project planning

Introduction to social issues/civics


Community knowledge

Personal exploration & reflection

Setting goals

Time management


Introduction to Bonner

Work ethic & professionalism

through academics knowledge and analysis
Through Academics: Knowledge and Analysis


Enhancing the rigor of students’ knowledge development and learning




Coursework (varying orders):

• As in “experience” level

• International

• Internships


Coursework (varying orders):

• Poverty

• Politics & policy

• Issue related (education, arts, race, etc.) & service learning


Lead-In Course


foundation resources
Foundation Resources
  • Networking
    • Bonner Program consortium of 70+ schools
    • 130+ Bonner Partner Organizations
  • Web/Print
    • 50+ Planned Co-curricular Training Modules
    • Handbooks & Implementation Guides
  • Meetings/Training
    • Director & Coordinators
    • Bonner Congress
    • Summer Leadership Institute
  • Bonner Web-Based Reporting System
  • Assessment
  • Collaborative Fundraising (AmeriCorps Ed Awards, FIPSE, etc.)
  • Foundation staff campus visits