Bonner Leaders Program
The Bonner Leaders Program has fortified and diversified the culture of public service at UNC by leveraging federal work-study funds to support undergrads with high financial needs and strong commitments to service. Bonners enter our program as first-years and are challenged to serve at one local nonprofit for four years. This long-term commitment creates a deep partnership between students and the communities they serve, while allowing Bonners to grow personally and professionally.Give Now.
BY THE NUMBERS
44 current Bonners, including 10 first-years. They’re from 26 counties across NC and speak 10 different languages at home.
34% of Bonners are first-generation college students. 41% qualify as having “high” financial needs.
9,000 service hours completed last year at 14 local nonprofits including Refugee Community Partnership and TABLE.
MEET THE BONNERS
SUPPORT THE BONNER LEADERS PROGRAM
How do we ensure that the next generation of public service leaders and social entrepreneurs across North Carolina reflect the diversity of our state? In 2011, the Campus Y established the Bonner Leaders Program, which allows 50 undergraduates the opportunity to perform more than 1,000 hours of service at a local nonprofit and participate in 150 hours of leadership development over the span of their college careers. In return, they receive federal work-study stipends that are earmarked for community service by students from low-income backgrounds.
Gifts to the Bonner Leaders Program will help replace significant cuts in work-study funding that are necessary to retain Bonners in our program and help add critically-needed staff.
If you are interested in offering additional resources such as mentorship, hosting a summer intern or hosting a Bonner fundraising event in your community, please contact email@example.com.Give Now.