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Bonner Leader Program

Sponsored by the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action and the Hess Center for Leadership and Service

Birmingham-Southern College has a strong commitment to community engagement. Students have participated actively in local, national, and international community projects coordinated through the Bunting Center and the Hess Center for nearly 30 years. Beginning in 2015, we are launching a Bonner Leaders Program at BSC.

The Bonner Leaders Program is a leadership development program for students who are committed to community and civic engagement. The program provides students an opportunity to create lasting impact in their community through leadership and excellence in service. The Bonner Leaders Program will offer you a chance to work in a community-based organization and to experience a wide array of enrichment activities that will enhance your college experience and help you grow as a person.

All first-year students with an interest in community engagement are invited to apply. However,incoming students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be given priority.

The deadline for applications to the Bonner Leader Program has passed.

Contact Emily Thornton (ethornto@bsc.edu) or Shelby Kile (smkile@bsc.edu) with any questions.

Bonner Leaders at BSC agree to the following commitments:

  • Serve 8-10 hours per week
    • (Including on-site service, weekly meetings, and professional development)
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Complete the Distinction in Leadership Studies Program
  • Be a full time student and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Attend Bonner orientation and a Fall Break retreat in the Fall semester
  • Make community engagement a priority for your time at BSC

Benefits of the Bonner Leaders Program:

  • Connections with the national Bonner network
  • $2500 merit scholarship
  • Work study funds up to $1500 for community engagement work
  • Priority for Alternative Spring Break projects
  • Leadership development
  • Opportunity to attend conferences and training retreats