Apply to Become a Bonner LeaderThe University of Lynchburg is one of 65 colleges and universities in the Bonner Network. The University’s goal is to imbue students with strong character and balanced perspectives, and prepare them for effective leadership.
The University of Lynchburg’s Bonner Leader Program is an initiative of The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the University’s Center for Community Engagement. Bonner Leaders serve 10 hours a week at a nonprofit, school, or government agency as part of a work-study placement. Besides their professional skills, Bonner Leaders develop deeper thinking skills through on-campus reflective exercises and educational programming. This helps students understand difference, power, and privilege, and prepares them to become passionate leaders.
Program highlights include:
- Bonners receive an annual stipend of $3,000 per year which is distributed on a bi-weekly basis, and an annual $1,000 scholarship.
- Upon completion of the 4-year program, seniors receive an additional $1,000 scholarship.
- Summer orientation before the school year begins. Incoming Bonner Leaders should register for the June 15 Student Orientation session and plan to stay on campus for Bonner orientation June 15-17.
- 300 hours of community service and training per academic year, with an average of 8-10 hours per week.
- Team-building activities to help build a cohesive, supportive group of Bonner Leaders.
- Leadership development through projects designed and coordinated by students.
- Networking and professional events, travel to regional or national conferences.
- Support from a dedicated professional staff and student leadership team.