Student Recognition

Students Making Change: Bonner Alicia Jiggetts on Compact Nation Podcast

Students Making Change: Bonner Alicia Jiggetts on Compact Nation Podcast

Alicia Jiggetts, a 2019 Bonner Scholar at the University of Richmond, was interviewed in this episode of the Compact Nation Podcast, along with Veronica Fernandez-Diaz.

Alicia and Veronica are two Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows who were visiting the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate in Boston as part of the annual convening of Newman Civic Fellows.

Guilford Bonner Wins Journalism Photography Award

Guilford Bonner Wins Journalism Photography Award

Abigail Bekele, Bonner Scholar Class of 2019, won the Mark of Excellence Award for 2018 in General News Photography for small colleges (< 10,000 enrollment) from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 (N.C., Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C.).  Her winning photograph entry was titled “Can I have a hug?” and appeared in The Guilfordian accompanying an article on a visit to Guilford College’s campus by Jill and Joe Biden. 

16 Bonners Named Newman Civic Fellows

16 Bonners Named Newman Civic Fellows

Bonners from 16 campuses in our national network were among those who received the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows Award from the Campus Compact.

Averett Bonner Leader Wins Dan River Nonprofit Network’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

Averett Bonner Leader Wins Dan River Nonprofit Network’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year the Dan River Nonprofit Network holds a Volunteer of the Year Contest to celebrate those throughout the community that go above and beyond with their engagement in the Dan River Region. For the second year in a row, an Averett University student took home the win.

Taylor Doss, Averett sophomore business major, won the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award, voted on by the public. Doss is an Averett Bonner Leader and a cheerleader for the University.

Lynchburg College Bonner Named Sommerville Scholar

Lynchburg College Bonner Named Sommerville Scholar

Emily Horton ’18 said she “cried a little” when she found out that she’d been selected the 2017 Sommerville Scholar. The annual award, given since 1965 in memory of former professor Richard Clarke Sommerville, is the most prestigious academic accolade presented at Lynchburg.

A Bonner Leader,  Horton has volunteered with area nonprofits, among them Lynchburg Grows, Lynchburg Daily Bread, and the local humane society. This year, as a senior intern, she’s helping facilitate the program and run meetings.

Three DePauw Bonners Win Prestigious Gilman International Scholarships

Three DePauw Bonners Win Prestigious Gilman International Scholarships

Five DePauw University students will spend the Fall 2017 semester studying abroad after winning Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Three of the five are Bonner Scholars at DePauw.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Christopher Newport Bonner Wins Social Work Student of the Year Award

Christopher Newport Bonner Wins Social Work Student of the Year Award

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Virginia Chapter has awarded Christopher Newport University senior Abbey Yoder the 2017 Bachelor’s in Social Work Student of the Year Award. Yoder was recognized for her outstanding academic work, leadership qualities and accomplishments in field work.

Yoder, a Bonner Service Scholar, works with a local refugee resettlement agency to improve the lives of Bhutanese refugees in Newport News.

DePauw Bonner Delivers Student Commencement Address

DePauw Bonner Delivers Student Commencement Address

A political science and Africana studies double major from Terre Haute, Sarah Fears established the Intercultural Conversation Facilitator program in DePauw's Office of Multicultural Student Services. As a Bonner Scholar, she served the Greencastle community by teaching English as a Second Language at Tzouanakis Elementary School and serving as community service soordinator for the school's Student Friend program, which provides mentors to third-through-fifth graders.

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.

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.

Earlham and Rhodes Bonners both awarded a 2017-18 Watson Fellowship

Earlham and Rhodes Bonners both awarded a 2017-18 Watson Fellowship

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. 

W&L Bonner Awarded Davis Projects for Peace Grant

W&L Bonner Awarded Davis Projects for Peace Grant

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

Graduate is Honored with Alumni Recognition Award

Graduate is Honored with Alumni Recognition Award

Acceptance, diversity and inclusion are more than just nice words for Jonathan Zur, ’03. They are the ideas around which he orients his life.

As president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), a nonprofit organization that works with schools, business and communities to promote inclusion, he works throughout the state to help people and groups “value and respect diversity.”

Davidson Bonner Receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award

Davidson Bonner Receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award

Our student  recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award goes to a young woman from Davidson, North Carolina.  She is an English major and ethnic studies concentrator. She has spent four years as a Bonner Scholar, and according to one, is the leader within the group, organizing the ideas and initiatives of her peers to bring to action. Her primary focus is on youth advocacy, whether tutoring at a local elementary school, The LEARNWORKS afterschool program at Ada Jenkins, or as a Servant Leader for the Freedom Schools in the summer.

Centre Bonner Student Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Centre Bonner Student Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

As a member of Centre College’s Bonner program, Megan Radenhausen ’14 is no stranger to community service; however, she took the College’s culture of service to a new level this past fall semester, logging 1,300 hours at Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC), a feat which earned her BRCC’s volunteerism commitment award.

BRCC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide refuge for victims of sexual assault, to advocate for victims and to educate the community about sexual assault and human trafficking. BRCC provides crisis intervention, therapy, advocacy and education services to 17 counties in the Bluegrass Region. All services offered are free of charge, including a 24-hour hotline.

Bonner Student was Finalist for 2012 Global Citizenship Student Award

Bonner Student was Finalist for 2012 Global Citizenship Student Award

Macalester has long been known for its internationalism. One of the ways it recognizes that value is to annually bestow a Global Citizenship Student Award on the graduating senior who best demonstrates a commitment to the ideals and practice of high academic performance, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.