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Service Requirements

Bonner Scholars are required to commit up to 10 hours each week to community engagement activities throughout the academic year and 280 hours during two summers. It is this intensity of commitment — the multiyear nature and the large number of students involved (approximately 100) — that makes the Bonner Scholars Program both distinctive and transformative. 

Bonner Scholars complete 250 hours through local service and training and education (T&E) hours each academic year. Participation should be evenly distributed over the course of the year, so that service and T&E hours are consistent and ongoing, equating to about 8-10 hours a week.

Hours

The foundation of the Bonner Scholars Program is service, and as such, eighty-percent of the 250 hours must be spent at a community partner (nonprofit or government organization). That equates to 200 hours total, or at least 8 out of the required 10 hours a week. In addition:

  • Of those 8 hours of service, at least 6 need to be completed through an ongoing primary internship with a community organization.
  • Supplementary service throughout the cycle may be completed in addition to the hours spent at one’s primary service site.
  • Students may count travel time to and from a community organization.

New Bonners do not have a permanent internship during their first semester in the program. Their hours will be fulfilled through taking part in Bonner 101 and placement at a temporary service site.

During periods of class registration, it is important for students to be mindful of when their service sites need volunteers/interns. Class schedules should leave chunks of time for service. Bonners participate in priority registration to assist in this process.

Training & Education

Bonners make thoughtful and planned decisions to engage in training and education (T&E) activities that expand their understanding of social issues and populations with which they work or they are curious to learn more about. It’s an opportunity to delve deeper or expose yourself to something new. You may record a maximum of 2 T&E hours per week (or a maximum of 20% of your total hours per cycle).

A majority of T&E hours are sponsored by the program (e.g., BSP meetings, class meetings, Bonner 101, write-ups, one-on-ones with class advisors, etc.). Additional T&E hours are to be approved by staff and must align with the common commitments and/or your academic and professional goals.

Cycles

Each semester is divided into three cycles that are about 4-5 weeks long. Cycles 1-3 occur in the fall semester and cycles 4-6 occur in the spring semester. At the end of each cycle, students are required to submit certain requirements (community learning agreements, write-ups, surveys, etc.) in order to receive their stipend. 

Summer Service

For two summers, Bonner Scholars must complete a 280-hour internship (over at least seven weeks) at the nonprofit or NGO of their choice. Summer internships provide an opportunity for Scholars to more deeply engage the issues and populations they work with during the academic year or to explore new issues and populations around the world.

Hours

Bonners must serve a minimum of 30 hours per week during the summer. It is expected that all 280 hours are served at the same nonprofit or NGO for students to gain a deeper understanding of full-time work at the organization. If circumstances prevent that level of engagement, Bonners will consult with their class advisor to explore alternative arrangements.

Funding

Bonners have access to up to $5,500 over the course of three summers to support summer internships. The two main sources of funding are the living stipend ($1000, paid prior to service) and the earnings stipend ($1500, paid upon completion of summer service). Rising seniors may apply for an additional $500 to support a third summer of service.