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Bonner Scholars Program

Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve 

Each year, 25 students are selected to make a four-year commitment to being active citizens in the city of Richmond. Bonner Scholars are matched with nonprofits, schools, and government agencies that align with their interests in social issues and, for four years, intern 10 hours a week at one organization in exchange for financial assistance. In addition to the professional skills Bonner Scholars develop through their paid internships, they also participate in on-campus reflective exercises and educational programming to understand difference, power, and privilege; deepen their thinking about complex social issues; and prepare for active citizenship.

Financial Support

In exchange for their work at nonprofits, Bonner Scholars earn:

  • $2,500 annual stipend ($10,000 total)
  • $5,500 stipend for two 280-hour summer internships at nonprofits
  • $2,000 upon graduation to repay student loans or fund future education 
  • Financial aid package that commits to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need

Over the course of four years, Bonner Scholars earn $15,500, paid in installments, for their internship hours. Additionally, Bonner Scholars who are Federal-Work Study eligible can earn additional income. 

Internship Organizations

The Bonner Scholars Program is committed to sustained and meaningful engagement with nonprofits, schools, and government agencies. Capacity-building is a hallmark of these partnerships. Bonner Scholars embrace new learning opportunities while becoming advocates and allies of their organization and bring consistent and thoughtful assistance to our communities.

Visit the CCE's Community Relationships Map and select the Bonner Scholars Program to see organizations at which Bonner Scholars intern. 

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Bonner Scholars
(25 per Class Year)
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Pell-Grant-Eligible Students
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U.S. Students of Color
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International Citizens
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