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In 1997, the Bonner Foundation began an effort to expand the Bonner Scholars Program model of service-based scholarships. Through several grants the Foundation partnered with institutions that were interested in expanding the Bonner Scholars Program or in creating a service-based scholarship program on their campus. Together, they learned to use funds from federal work-study, AmeriCorps education awards, AmeriCorps stipends and individual institutions to create scholarship stipends for students who complete community service each week during their term of service.

Today, the Foundation currently works with more than 60 institutions that have created what they call the Bonner Leaders Programs (BLP). The Bonner Foundation seeks to expand the Bonner Leaders Program on individual campuses and through local, state, or regional campus consortiums. Each of these campuses has a core group of 5-100 student members who commit to completing the required hours of community service during their term. The Bonner Leaders work on issues such as improving educational opportunities and fighting hunger through community programs that focus on literacy issues, mentoring and nutrition/anti-hunger initiatives. These students/members also participate in regular training and reflection activities sponsored by their campuses, their community partners, and the Bonner Foundation.

The mission of the Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders Program is to transform the lives of students and members, the life of their campuses, their local communities, and the world through the service and leadership. To achieve this vision, the Bonner Foundation provides service-scholarships to approximately 2,600 members annually. The Bonner Scholarship 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 tools and knowledge necessary to make that work meaningful and lasting.

Bonner Leaders Profile

  • Approximately $187,500 in education awards was awarded to CSU students in the first year of the BLP Program.
  • Over the past year approximately 150 CSU students participated in the BLP Program contributing 67,500 hours of community service.
  • Currently, 6 CSU campuses - CSU Hayward, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Chico, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Maritime, and CSU Sonoma - are participating in the BLP Program.

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Last Updated: May 24, 2016