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 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.
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.
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.
Kentucky Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the launch of a Bonner Leaders program. Bonner Leaders is nationally recognized community engagement and leadership development program where students are placed at local non-profit organizations working on an issue or cause of interest for eight-10 hours a week.
In addition, participating students attend weekly workshops aimed at developing leadership skills. Students typically become Bonner Leaders as freshmen and continue with the program for four years, earning more responsibility at their partner organizations and the opportunity to mentor younger Bonner Leaders.
Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholar Lindsey Daniel of Russell County, KY, told those in attendance at the March 16, 2017, meeting of the Adair County Board of Education how important the work of the Camp Casey program is. "She volunteers in Camp Casey and the impact of that program is what she credits for educating her to the needs of our communities children," Dana Harmon, Camp Casey Director, said. "Unlike the Family Resource Center, 21stCCLC CAMP CASEY addresses the academic needs of our students throughout school time programs before and after school and in the summer. After school students get a snack and during the summer they get hot breakfast and lunch through the USDA school meals program."
Waynesburg University will celebrate its 168th year and the 167th anniversary of its charter by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at convocation Tuesday, March 21, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. The University will also honor the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholar Program.
“On Charter Day, we reflect on our history and reaffirm our commitment to our values of faith, learning and serving,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “This year, we are also celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of our Bonner Scholar Program. This program has had an immeasurable impact on the community and the students who are a part of it, and it is a privilege to reflect on it during this milestone.”
On March 15, 2017, the Watson Foundation announced the 49th class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows. The Watson provides a year of unparalleled international exploration for select graduating college seniors in any field. Two of the 40 fellows are Bonner Scholars; Imani Lewis-Norelle, Earlham College, and Tyler Harvey, Rhodes College.
Angel Vela de la Garza Evia ’18, a student at Washington and Lee University, has won a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant that will allow him to conduct a three-phased STEM-related project — STEMito — for primary school students in his home city of Monterrey, Mexico.
“If, through this program, we can motivate the students to continue their academic trajectory and make them realize that they can study STEM, then I am willing to put in all my effort to start making the difference.” - Angel Vela de la Garza Evia
A Centre College Bonner Student hopes basketball can be a key to creating better connections and understanding between the college community and the surrounding city and county.
Hari Perisic, a senior finance and economic major at Centre has developed a proposal for unique event featuring a community basketball tournament, a community conversation on difficult topics and a street party with local food.