Meet Baneen - Bonner Summer Intern

Meet Baneen - Bonner Summer Intern

My name is Baneen Al-Akashi and I was born and raised in Erie, PA. I am the oldest of four children and the only daughter. Erie is a wonderful city that is very diverse and is well known for its connection to the lake. My college path was decided based on the Bonner program that is at Allegheny College. There I have been serving as a Bonner since I started at Allegheny and continue to grow because of the experiences that are presented to me.

This summer working at the foundation I am hoping to gain the skills and experiences that I am able to take back to our campus and apply that knowledge at our Bonner program. I am also hoping to build relationships with my fellow interns as well as the staff here at the foundation that is both memorable and lasting.

Meet Asia - Bonner Summer Intern

Meet Asia - Bonner Summer Intern

My name is Asia Robinson and I am a rising Junior at Allegheny College located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. I’m currently studying Community and Justice with a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. I have a passion for traveling, concerts and animals outside of my daily life of school and studying.

During this summer internship, I want to gain stronger planning and communication skills back to my campus and a greater sense of professionalism. I hope to use the resources I learn from this summer to bring together the campus community with the civic engagement office, so we can build a campus dedicated to giving and learning from the community around us.

Carson Newman Bonners serve at Journey program a confidence-builder for at-risk teens

Carson Newman Bonners serve at Journey program a confidence-builder for at-risk teens

The Journey program, a life skills class for students and parents referred by Jefferson County Juvenile Court, is a proven confidence builder for at-risk teens. The program, designed by Youth Services Officer Michelle Nix, graduated 37 teens this school year, most of them referred for truancy — and boasts an 85 percent recidivism record.

This year, four graduates voluntarily returned to complete the program again. There were three sessions (fall, winter, and spring), and each included an excursion trip lead by Tommy Clapp of B.O.L.D. Counseling in Jefferson City. Four Bonner Scholar mentors from Carson Newman University assisted: senior Hannah Pierce, junior Nick Cockrell, and new mentors Tanner Shivley and Diana Garber.

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.

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.