Bonner Community Scholars
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 community 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.”
Nationally, the Bonner Program 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 to form a cohort 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 student employment as part of their financial aid package and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement.