What is the Bonner Leaders Program?
Founded in 1990 by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, which is based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Bonner Program is one of the largest privately funded service programs in the nation. The Bonner Foundation supports service opportunities for undergraduate students who have a need for financial assistance as well as a commitment to service. The Bonner Foundation supports over 2,400 students annually at 80 colleges and universities across the country. The Bonner Leaders Program seeks to change the lives of the students, their communities, and the nation by providing access to education and opportunities to serve.
How many students are in the Bonner Program at Augsburg?
The number of students fluctuates as one class graduates and new Bonners are brought in every year, but the number tends to stay between 40-45 students.
How are students chosen for the Bonner Program?
We promote and publicize the program every spring and summer. Applications for the program are reviewed yearly, usually in March and August, for acceptance in the fall semester. Most new students are incoming first-year students, although some rising sophomore students are invited to join in the spring of each year. Students are chosen based on financial need, history of volunteer service and community engagement, and potential for leadership growth in the program.
How are placements determined for students?
Students choose their own placements. Students’ choices are often in part determined by their interests, experience, major, location and schedule of the organization, and advice of the Bonner coordinator. Community partners also have the chance to interview and express preferences around students placed at their organizations.
What type of job would I have if I were to become a Bonner Leader?
The Bonner Leader Program at Augsburg College has many different community partners who host students in their organization. Student jobs range from working in an after-school program, to organizing a neighborhood coalition, to serving meals with the Campus Kitchen project, to working in the greenhouse of an environmentally-focused school. All organizations that students work with are not-for-profit community organizations.
How do I know if I’d make a good Bonner Leader?
Students who are interested in social justice, the community they live in, who like working with people, and are interested in developing their own leadership skills make excellent Bonners! Bonner Leaders are often outgoing, reliable, and resourceful students who want an added element of experiential learning to their college experience.
How many hours total would I be committing to if I were to become a Bonner Leader?
Bonner students work an average of 9-12 hours a week in the community. On top of working, students are expected to attend regular monthly meetings – about 4 hours a month. Students also are required to spend some of their time each semester attending extra trainings or workshops, Bonner events, and volunteering their time to causes they choose. Overall, a student will work, meet, and volunteer for close to 300 hours in an academic year as part of the Bonner Leaders Program.
What is Financial Aid?
Financial Aid is the combination of resources to help a student fund their education. It can be a combination of grants, scholarships, work study funds and loans. While grants and scholarships are “free money”- money that does not need to be paid back, work-study and loans are “self-help” by the student. Please visit the Enrollment Center for more information or to find out if you qualify for work-study money.
What is Work Study?
Work study money is money that the student may earn through a job on- or off-campus to help pay for the cost of their education. At Augsburg, students earn their work-study money through pay-checks paid out twice a month. This money is NOT guaranteed to students and in order to receive their work-study funds, they must find a job and work the hours to earn their work-study money.