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.
Incoming students and rising second-years (so current first year students) will be able to apply for the 2017-18 cohort of the Bonner Leaders Program starting in March 2017. The application can be found on your Foxlink account under the Student Life tab. Application deadline is June 5th. Questions before then? Let us know! Email us at bonnerleaders@Rollins.edu or call us at (407) 691-1250.
AboutA 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 in the Rollins Liberal Arts program, 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.
"Probably the biggest indicator to me that solidifies Grand Ave as the community partner for me is how much I look forward to going there every week. College is hard. And stressful. And time-consuming. Even with all the burdens that come with being a college student, the thought of going to Grand Ave gets me through the week. Even though I’m there to help teach others, I often find myself being taught. No matter what, you’re always a student, never a master."
How It Works
For a more complete overview of the Bonner Program and your potential commitment, please check out the Bonner Roadmap.
Each year, a cohort of students will be selected to join the Rollins College Bonner Leaders Program.
How to apply:
Applications are now open; deadline to apply is June 5th! Applications are available via your Foxlink account – under the Student Life tab (once on the Student Life tab scroll down to the bottom left-hand side. Check your email and postal mail in early spring for more information, or feel free to reach out to us at bonnerleaders@Rollins.edu or (407) 691-1250.
Learn more about the National Bonner Program.
What can a Rollins Bonner Leader do for you?
The Rollins Bonner Leaders Program sees the community as a co-educator and partner in teaching and learning. By partnering with the Rollins Bonner Leaders Program, your organization will:
Bonner Leaders will typically be more prepared than the average volunteer to take on more intensive roles with your organization, ranging from project coordination to grant writing.
Rollins Bonner Leaders are expected to develop the knowledge and skills related to their service work over their four years at Rollins. Their personal development should be reflected in their responsibilities at their service site. Each year, students take on increasingly more complex responsibilities with their community partner.
Community Partner Guidelines
We see your role as co-educator and facilitator of an effective relationship between your organization and a Rollins Bonner Leader. It is highly recommended that someone from your staff be assigned to the student as a manager and mentor to their service. Your Bonner site supervisor will work with the students in creating a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) and will sign off on hour logs. It’s preferred that the site supervisor be present for the majority of the time that the student is on-site with your organization.
Community Learning Agreement: The CLA is a thoughtful way for Rollins Bonner Leaders to consider their own developmental goals in collaboration with the goals of the organization. This agreement is at the core of the partnership, enabling students and service sites to achieve mutually valuable goals.
Hour Logs: Hour logs are printed time sheets that the student and site supervisor will sign off on to affirm the student’s service hours at your organization. Deadlines will be provided.
If you are a community partner, please use our hours reporting system.
Who is a Rollins Bonner Leader?Rollins Bonner Leaders are full-time undergraduate students who are passionate about working with the community and dedicated to addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time through community-based learning and service.
Serving six to eight hours per week during four academic years and completing at least one summer internship experience, Rollins Bonner Leaders gain extensive experience working with and contributing to nonprofit organizations.
Values & Beliefs
The Bonner Foundation: