The motto "Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve" distills the overarching goal of the Bonner Program.  Since 1990, a diverse, multi-state consortium of participating colleges and universities have been joined through a common commitment to the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation’s mission to “transform students, communities, and campuses through service.” 


The central goal of the Bonner Program is to provide diverse, predominantly low-income students with an “Access to Education and Opportunity to Serve.”  

Bonner Program Model

We have defined the core expectations for every Bonner Program on a four-year developmental model.


The Bonner Program has gone through a series of phases in its 25+ year history since the pilot year at Berea College in 1990-91.



The Bonner Foundation has authored or contributed to a series of publications related to the Bonner Program model and campus-wide community engagement. 

National Network

The Bonner Foundation’s Network is made up of 65  participating colleges and universities that annually support more than 3,000 students in the four-year service-based scholarship program. 

Bonner  Alumni Network

Connect with other Bonner Alumni via Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter, and join the a network of more than 15,000 Bonner alumni.