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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