Bonner Leaders Overview
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The Bonner Leaders Program at Rollins College

Developed by the Bonner Foundation, a national philanthropic organization based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Bonner Leaders Program works to transform not only the students who are directly supported by the program, but also the campus and community in which they serve and learn.

At the core of the Bonner Leaders Program is the belief that colleges play a vital societal role in nurturing and mobilizing thoughtful, caring, and diverse leaders dedicated to community service.


A four-year, cohort-based community service opportunity, the Rollins College Bonner Leaders Program provides scholarships to students who are passionate about working directly with local non-profit organizations throughout the academic year.

Designed for full-time undergraduate students, the Bonner Leaders Program empowers recipients to address some of the greatest challenges of our time through community-based learning and service.

Bonner Leaders receive a scholarship to help defray the cost of tuition and to encourage their continued efforts to positively impact their communities.

  • 65% of Bonner graduates go on to work in non-profit or public sector careers;
  • Nearly 100% continue to engage in meaningful community service after graduation.


How It Works

Bonner Leaders:

  • Serve 8-10 hours per week within the community
  • Participate in a training and enrichment program to supplement their knowledge and skills
  • Are dedicated to six common areas:
    • Social justice
    • Diversity
    • Community building
    • Spiritual exploration
    • Civic engagement
    • International Perspective


Each Bonner Leader receives a direct grant of $3,000 annually.  



Each year, 10 first-year students will be selected to join the Rollins College Bonner Leaders Program.

  • Bonner Leaders are selected through a highly competitive process open to incoming first-year students. Interested students who are eligible for federal work study are encouraged to apply.
  • As a prerequisite of this service scholarship, Bonner Leaders are expected to have been actively engaged in meaningful service to their communities, faith groups, and/or families.


How to apply:

Applications will be available on Foxlink starting mid March 2014.
Login to Foxlink, click on the 'Explorations' tab, and select the Bonner Leaders Application link.


Learn more about the National Bonner Program.



The Office of Community Engagement
(Located on the 3rd floor of Mills Memorial Hall)
1000 Holt Ave. – 2789
Winter Park, FL 32789

T: 407.691.1021
F: 407-975-6455