Centre Bonner graduate wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Centre Bonner graduate wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Parker Lawson, a 2015 graduate of Centre College, has won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, created in 2000 with a $210 million endowment from Bill and Melinda Gates.

A Spanish and international studies double major from Prospect, Lawson was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, made the dean’s list and was named to honor societies in Spanish and political science. Lawson was also a Bonner Scholar at Centre, which requires a minimum of 10 hours of community service each week.

Stockton Bonner Jodie Davis Earns Scholarship to Work on Public Health Projects in Ghana

Stockton Bonner Jodie Davis Earns Scholarship to Work on Public Health Projects in Ghana

Stockton University junior Jodie Davis, a Public Health major and Chemistry minor, has earned a fully funded scholarship with United Planet to travel to Ghana for eight weeks this summer to work on global health service projects.

Davis was the only student in the nation to be fully funded in this competitive educational scholarship opportunity, which was made possible through the Bonner Foundation national network and her work as an AmeriCorps Bonner Leader in the university’s Office of Service-Learning.

 

Hicks, a Bonner Alum, becomes Wofford's first Mitchell Scholar

Hicks, a Bonner Alum, becomes Wofford's first Mitchell Scholar

Hicks, a native of Spartanburg, graduated from Wofford with degrees in government and finance; he is also a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Bonner Scholar and a Truman Scholar. Hicks recently completed a research stay at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. An aspiring civil rights attorney, he is a federal analyst at Deloitte.

As a Mitchell Scholar, Hicks will study race, ethnicity and conflict at Trinity College Dublin beginning in September 2017.

Bonner Leader Brings New Life to Sewanee

Bonner Leader Brings New Life to Sewanee

As a Bonner leader, Sara Balte (C’17) implemented a program called “New Life,” that continues to enhance the lives of people in and around Sewanee. Through the Bonner Leader program, prospective apply for a four-year service internship and leadership program to forge connections with community partners and engage with the greater Sewanee community once on campus as freshman.

New Life is a non-profit agency that serves as a day home for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities in Winchester, Tennessee. Balte’s involvement in the program began when she was asked to make a business plan for their art therapy program at the day center. Although this business was outside of her realm of expertise, she began attending New Life in Winchester when the idea came to her: “What if we start a group that comes to Sewanee?”

University of Tampa Bonner Leaders Work to Serve

University of Tampa Bonner Leaders Work to Serve

Arielle Pollock ’20 spends two days a week tutoring children, helping them with their homework, reports or just sitting and reading together. 

As a Bonner Leader, she has been working with the R.I.C.H. House, a safe haven for at-risk children, since day one as a first-year student, an opportunity she said has given her a quick connection to her new home.

Waynesburg Bonners' Empty Bowls project raises money for Greene County, PA

Waynesburg Bonners' Empty Bowls project raises money for Greene County, PA

Empty Bowls of Greene County recently raised more than $3,000 for the Weekend Food Program Fund at the Community Foundation of Greene County.

The Empty Bowls project, which was held April 2 at the National Guard Readiness Center in Waynesburg, was organized and conducted by a group of Waynesburg University Bonner Scholar students led by Kenny Knouse, a junior from Catawissa. This was the fourth year Bonner Scholars were able to lead and coordinate the Empty Bowls event.

Senior interns with Richmond city's Office of Sustainability through the Bonner Scholars Program

Senior interns with Richmond city's Office of Sustainability through the Bonner Scholars Program

Working with the city’s sustainability office isn’t Foo’s first exposure to sustainability. The summer after her first year at Richmond, she worked as a nutrition education intern for a food bank in Rochester. Not only did she educate citizens in the low-income areas on how to eat healthfully and affordably, but she also sold local fruits and vegetables at to those who typically don’t have access to fresh produce. The internship was also part of the Bonner Scholars Program, and Foo says there are natural links between her work at the food bank and her climate change research for the city.

Capital University to Launch a Bonner Program

Capital University to Launch a Bonner Program

"Capital has been focused on the community for decades, but it’s been more of the traditional model of popping in and doing something short-term, then leaving again,” Paul said. With the students who will be part of the Bonner program, she wants to build “much more sustainable relationships with the community,” with Capital and Near East Side neighborhood leaders deciding together which problems to address and what to try.

Joining the foundation’s list of more than 60 partner colleges and universities means that Capital will devote money and staff time to building a corps of student volunteers. Each student, called a Bonner Leader, will be expected to spend at least 10 hours per week on service work coordinated through the program.

Bonners Selected for the 2017-18 Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship

Bonners Selected for the 2017-18 Newman's Own Foundation Fellowship

We were happy to announce that four Bonners were selected as Newman Own's Foundation Fellows. This is the second year The Bonner Foundation has partnered with Newman's Own to identify strong candidates. These Bonners will be joining eight other fellows from across the nation as part of the Class of 2018 Fellows.

We have featured a brief profile for each Bonner with information on where they will be working and their personal reflection on how their Bonner experience has prepared them for this new venture.

Bonners Honored as Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellows

Bonners Honored as Campus Compact 2017 Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions.

Of the 273 students, the following twelve Bonner Scholar/Leaders received this honor.