About the Program

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Life-Changing Experience

Bonner Scholars work in the community, gain enhanced leadership skills, develop social commitment, study social issues and develop a strong sense of self. Program participants learn about themselves and their personal values and beliefs. They spend time in the study of leadership, understanding the efforts and challenges that other leaders in service have encountered. And they strive to connect their academic lives, personal beliefs, knowledge of leadership, philosophies of service and their futures.

Participants′ Commitment

  • Place community service and leadership development among their highest priorities at Rhodes.

Bonner Program experiences include:

  • Completing an average of 10 hours per week of community service and leadership activities (140 hours per semester), including:
    • 1-2 hours per week for Bonner Program meetings and training
    • 1-2 hours a week for service reflection
    • 4-6 hours per week for direct service in the community
    • 1-3 hours per week for other service-related projects, training or campus leadership 
  • Participating in at least one regional or national conference such as the Bonner Summer Leadership Institute, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, or the Campus Outreach Opportunity League during their time at Rhodes.
  • Becoming an active participant in the national network of Bonner colleges and Bonner fellows.
  • Starting first semester of their sophomore year, creating an Advisory Committee (includes a faculty member, a representative from their primary service site, and a Rhodes program staff member) that will meet once each semester until the student graduates to reflect on the student’s service experiences and the relationships between their academic, service and leadership experiences. 
  • Developing and completing two summer service experiences. Experiences may take place domestically or abroad.
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50.