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New Graduate School Partnership with The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

New Graduate School Partnership with The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C.

Their mission is to teach students to help design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world. The McCourt School flagship degree is the Master in Public Policy. McCourt also offers a Master in International Development Policy, a Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy, a Master in Policy Management, an Executive Master in Policy Leadership, as well as other dual degree and executive programs.

The McCourt School will waive the application fee for all Bonner Scholar and Leader applicants as well as provide up to two admitted Bonner Scholars or Leaders a $25,000 minimum scholarship award.

For more information about the McCourt School/Bonner Scholarship, please visit here.

New Graduate School Partnership with Crummer School of Business at Rollins College

New Graduate School Partnership with Crummer School of Business at Rollins College

The Crummer Graduate School of Business is looking to recruit exceptional Bonner Program graduates with service-learning and leadership experience to pursue an MBA and who can positively impact organizations and understand philanthropy from all perspectives.

Bonner Program participants and alumni who have successfully met the requirements of their scholarship/service who apply to the Early Advantage MBA program at The Crummer Graduate School of Business receive the following partnership benefits:

  • Guaranteed $10,000 scholarship for admitted Bonner Graduates

  • Application fee waiver

  • Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders may also be eligible for additional admissions and
    leadership-based scholarships from the Crummer Graduate School of Business

New Graduate School Partnership with AU's School of International Service

New Graduate School Partnership with AU's School of International Service

The School of International Service (SIS) is a top ten school of international affairs, founded with a mission of waging peace and improving the human condition over 60 years ago. Current students report that the number one reason they chose SIS for their graduate study is our ethos of service.  Students come to SIS to prepare themselves for careers that matter—whether by influencing environmental policy; developing creative approaches to alleviate poverty; analyzing foreign policy; interrupting cycles of conflict; or advocating for human rights protections, among other ways of making a positive impact on today’s pressing global issues. Students from the Bonner Program will find a strong community of colleagues who share their service mindset at SIS.

SIS is committed to leveraging its position as one of the largest schools of international affairs in the country to ensure that all voices are at the table when it comes to preparing a next generation of leaders in the field of international affairs that better represents the diversity of our country. SIS welcomes students from all backgrounds and with a variety of experiences because we know that a diverse school and a diverse professional field will be better able to identify creative solutions to the most challenging issues of our time.

The Bonner/SIS Partnership encourages current or former Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders interested in pursuing graduate education in international affairs to apply to any one of our 15 Master’s Degree programs. SIS offers an application fee waiver for all Bonner Program students. SIS will also award a $10,000 scholarship to up to five Bonner Scholars/Bonner Leaders who are accepted into eligible SIS residential Master’s programs.

Learn more about SIS here. Questions about the Bonner/SIS partnership can be directed to liz@bonner.org.

New Graduate School Partnership with the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development

New Graduate School Partnership with the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development

The Bonner Foundation is pleased to announce a new graduate school partnership with the Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development.


Vanderbilt Peabody College seeks to enhance the human condition, with a particular focus on children’s learning and development. They accomplish this mission, through the preparation of teachers and leaders; through cycles of research, implementation, and refinement; through service to families, schools, and communities; and through external engagement with professionals, leaders, and policy-makers. Peabody’s focus on learning differences has helped to define the college, as has a reputation for empirical rigor in educational neuroscience; child, family, and community development; special education; the learning sciences; and educational leadership and policy. Peabody is devoted to creating opportunity in an increasingly diverse society and to solving large societal problems.

Macalester Bonner Alum Presents Findings on Capitol Hill

Macalester Bonner Alum Presents Findings on Capitol Hill

The 25th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows gathered at Rayburn House Office Building on Thursday, February 28, to present their findings from their six months spent working to end hunger with local organizations in communities across the U.S.

Chesterfield Polkey, a 2018 Bonner alum from Macalester College, is a member of this year’s Emerson National Hunger Fellows. He served the first half of his fellowship at Just Harvest, a local community organization in Pittsburgh, PA.

New Graduate School Partnership with UVA's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The Bonner Foundation is pleased to announced a new graduate school partnership with University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

UVA's Batten School at a glance:

  • As part of the University of Virginia, Batten students enjoy the resources and network of a university that is consistently ranked as one of the top three public schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

  • Of the 250-plus schools of public policy and administration in the U.S., the Batten School has the distinction of being the only one explicitly committed to teaching leadership—how it works, why context matters in decision-making and which actions lead to tangible results.

  • Graduates of the Batten School are in high demand. They’re recruited aggressively by government agencies, from the intelligence community to Congress, local interest groups and NGOs, and by private-sector employers from consulting firms to investment-risk analysts.

“The Batten School was created to educate and train the next generation of inspired policy leaders. To advance that mission, we felt that we needed to be more proactive in building relationships with institutions with high-caliber potential applicants, those we believe will thrive not only at Batten, but will be leaders of consequence in the policy world in the long run,” said Jeff Chidester, Batten Executive Director of External Affairs. “And in the aggregate, this effort will help us build the kind of diverse applicant pool we value as a school.”

The Bonner/Batten Partnership encourages current or former Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders interested in pursuing graduate education in leadership and public policy to apply to the Batten MPP. The Batten School will provide an application fee waiver for all Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders, and for those accepted into the program, a minimum guaranteed fellowship of $10,000/year for Virginia residents and $17,500/year for non-Virginia residents in each of the MPP program’s two years. 

Learn more about Batten's MPP program here

Zero Hunger Internship Pilot Cohort Reflects on Internships

Zero Hunger Internship Pilot Cohort Reflects on Internships

October 29, 2018 - from Congressional Hunger Center Blog

This summer, four Bonner students traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the pilot cohort of the Zero Hunger Internship Program, a new initiative developed by the Congressional Hunger Center and the Bonner Foundation.

Leveraging the Congressional Hunger Center’s policy education and leadership development expertise and the Bonner Foundation’s extensive network of service-focused leaders, the program gives students in the Bonner network an opportunity to learn about federal anti-hunger policy and gain firsthand experience working with nationally-focused organizations. After the internship, these student leaders bring back their new anti-hunger advocacy skills to their campus communities.

Finding The Connections: City Year and Bonner Scholar Program

Finding The Connections: City Year and Bonner Scholar Program

Almost six years ago, I sat down to write two short essays for my City Year application, and today I decided to revisit those essays before writing this one. While the lower quality of my writing from six years ago was not unexpected, I was pleasantly surprised that I still fundamentally agree with several key ideas in those essays.