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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the history of this program?

The LEAD Fellows program is part oft he Bonner network and is modeled after the Bonner Program model. 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 programs of its kind in the nation. The Bonner model is active in 65 colleges and universities across the United States, supporting community work opportunities for more than 2,400 undergraduate students. The program seeks to change the lives of the students, their communities, and the nation by providing access to education and opportunities to serve. The Augsburg LEAD Fellows Program started in 2008.

How many students are in the LEAD Fellows Program at Augsburg?

30-35 students participate every year.

What type of job would I have as a LEAD Fellow?

The LEAD Program at Augsburg University has many different community partner organizations and programs that host students for a variety of work opportunities. Student jobs range from working as an after-school program assistant, to organizing a neighborhood coalition, to working on food justice with the Campus Kitchen project.

What is the time commitment?

LEAD Fellows work an average of 8-15 hours each week in the community, and participate in regular meetings and workshops – about 4-6 hours a month.

How are students chosen to be LEAD Fellows?

Most new LEAD Fellows are incoming first-year students and rising sophomores. Students are chosen based on financial need, their interest in and commitment to social change, civic engagement and community-strengthening work.

When do I apply to be a LEAD Fellows?

Applications for the program are reviewed in March (for rising sophomores) and August (for incoming first year and transfer students), all of whom would begin in September.