Bonner Center for Service

students in graduation robes toss red tennis shoes into the air
students in graduation robes toss red tennis shoes into the air
two female students carry boxes in front of a mural

In the 1950s, The Laurence F. Kinney Program was established by students who wanted to reach out and help others. Among the efforts supported by the Kinney Program is the longest operating student-led soup kitchen in the country. This commitment to service is the foundation for how Rhodes engages with the Memphis community today. Students engage in service in twelve focus areas on campus and throughout Memphis.

Two women crouch down by the ground with spades, cleaning weeds from the grooves of the pavement

The Bonner program provides a 4-year scholarship to 15 incoming students each year who have financial need and a commitment to service and social justice. Bonner Scholars dedicate 10 hours per week to community service at nonprofits in the community. As part of this program, Bonner Scholars also participate in educational, skills-building, and reflective programs and events.

A female student shows dance steps to a group of children

In 1992, the federal work study program expanded to include community service work study. Students who are eligible for federal work study programs as part of their financial aid package may choose the City Lynx community service work study program instead of campus-based placements. 

Interested first-year students should attend the informational session during Open Rhodes to learn more about the program and get information on the application process. Current students interested in joining City Lynx should email to inquire about open positions.

Some students work in a garden up against a wall

Project Pericles is a consortium of 31 colleges and universities that promotes civic engagement within higher education. Specifically, this collaboration works to encourage faculty to incorporate civic engagement and social responsibility into the curriculum, and to empower students as effective advocates and leaders.