Bonner Program

The Bonner Program is a unique leadership development program for students with an interest in service and civic engagement. The program is based on the belief that students have the desire and ability to leave lasting and unique contributions through their community service. The Bonner Program provides students with the framework to continue involvement in community service, while providing financial support to help make their education more affordable. Bonners commit to 1800-hours of service and leadership training over the course of their four years in college.

The Bonner Program strives to provide students with the experiences and skill set to provide meaningful and lasting service, during college and beyond. Bonner Scholars commit not only to service, but also to development as a leader both on campus and in the community. For Bonners, their education does not just take place in the classroom; their service serves as a tool to broaden and enhance their education at Washington and Lee.

About the Bonner Program

Washington and Lee University is one of 28 college and university campuses to participate in the Bonner Program. These institutions receive support from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J. The Bonner Program enhances and deepens a student's education and commitment to social responsibility.

Program Expectations

Bonners are expected to participate in the Bonner Program during their four years at W&L, completing 1800-hours of service and leadership training. Bonners participate in at least 280 hours of service and leadership training during each academic year and are encouraged to complete two summers of full-time service.

Core Commitments

As the Bonner Program initiative expanded and matured, it became clear that the Program needed to communicate more clearly the values and commitments that guide each program. The Common Commitments came out of a year-long dialogue with members of the Bonner community -- including students, faculty, administrators, and community leaders across the country -- during the Foundation's tenth anniversary in 1999.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Bonner Program