“We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
What is the Bonner Leaders Program?
The mission of the Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders Programs is to transform the lives of students and members, their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership.
The Bonner Program is designed to heighten the overall education students and members receive by asking them to engage in ongoing service work and helping them develop the experience, skills, knowledge, and values necessary to make that work meaningful and lasting.
Campuses in the Bonner Leader Program have each designed innovative models that use federal work-study funds, AmeriCorps Education Awards, and institutional support to create scholarship stipends for students involved in community service as part of the Bonner Program.
Intensive Community Service Commitment
- 10 hours of community service per week (300 hours total during the school year)
- 80% direct service, 20% training and enrichment
- Students select where they want to serve
- Students also serve as service project leaders
- Attend Bonner Orientation at the beginning of each semester
- Submit hour logs at the end of each month
- Participate in first-year service trip (Spring Break)
- Attend Saturday Service Days
- Multi-year program with 30 Bonner Leaders
- Coordinated by an on-campus Director and Coordinator
- Partnered with site supervisors at each community partner
- Increased expectations each year in the program
- Supported through regular training and enrichment activities, as well as curricular connections
2017 Service Trip
In March, 13 Bonner Leaders will embark on the group’s 8th annual Spring Break service trip to Jamaica! During this week-long trip, students will assist with community-defined projects such as construction and painting of homes, school and a health clinic. Students have the opportunity to learn about various forms of social injustice in rural Jamaica. In previous years, they have had conversations with local elected officials, Peace Corps staff, and educational leaders. The experience the Bonners have in Jamaica helps them gain an international perspective on many of the same social issues they encounter domestically in their community service throughout the year.
Bonner Alumni Quotes
“Although I have always had an interest in public service and volunteerism, the Ursinus College Bonner Program cultivated this interest in ways in which I will forever be grateful. The Bonner Program gave me the resources to transform my hobbies and convictions into realistic, sustainable service opportunities, while the Ursinus faculty and staff gave me the guidance and support to fully develop my beliefs and to carry out my ambitions.”
-Kristin Daly-Barnes ’11
“We have a thing called Bonner love, where, while the Bonners may all come from different backgrounds, we share our common commitment to service and community which fosters the love that we share for our Bonner family. People say that they come to college and find a whole new family of like-minded friends, and I found mine in Bonner. There is not a place on the campus where I was able to be myself as much as I was in Bonner, and this allowed me to explore who I was.”
— Lindsay Budnick ’11