The Bonner Community Scholars Program is a four-year civic engagement program providing leadership programming, academic support, engagement opportunities and a social network.
Being a Bonner Scholar involves a commitment not only to service, but also to learning how to be an effective change agent for one’s campus, community, and beyond. Ideal Bonner candidates are passionate about civic engagement and eliminating systematic inequalities, demonstrate community involvement, embrace working in a team setting, have leadership potential, and a commitment to the Bonner mission of “Access to Education & Opportunity to Serve.”
Bonner is founded on six common commitments:
- Diversity – We respect and embrace the many dimensions of diversity in our private and public lives.
- Social Justice– We advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
- International Perspective – We develop international understanding that enables us to participate successfully in a global society.
- Spiritual Exploration – We explore personal belief while respecting the spiritual practices of others.
- Civic Engagement – We participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.
- Community Building – We establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.
We invite all first year students to apply and select 12 new participants each year. First generation college students, Minnesota residents, and students who have participated in college access programs (e.g. QuestBridge, Upward Bound, College Possible, AVID, TRIO, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. To be eligible for the program, participants must have work-study as part of their financial aid package and a demonstrated commitment to community involvement.