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Bonner Program

Since 2005, the Bonner Program has been a catalyst for student-led community transformation and social justice at Stetson University. The Bonner Program is designed 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.

To apply for this program, you must first apply to Stetson University, after which you will be able to access the Bonner Application through your Hatter Portal. Applications and supplemental materials can be submitted by the Priority deadline of December 1, though will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after that if there are still program vacancies. If you have any questions about the application, you can email [email protected].

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Why Bonner Program at Stetson University?

The Bonner Program helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values to engage in community well-being and social change efforts. Through curricular, co-curricular, and integrative experiences, Bonner students develop leadership and professional skills including an ability to have dialogue across differences, work with teams, and manage large projects.

Students in the Bonner Program receive additional academic advising and one-on-one support from staff in the Center for Community Engagement throughout their academic careers. If you are interested in learning more you can check out the Stetson Bonner Program on Instagram and YouTube.

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“Bonner gave me the platform to hone my leadership and community building skills that have enabled me to find roles and opportunities like leading as the Co-chair of this year’s Take Action Institute conference and various community building tasks in my work at Delta Airlines.“

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"Bonner helped me develop the motivation and dedication I need to thrive in an ever-changing field like higher education. As well, it helped me fine-tune the compassion and commitment to justice that is critical for working with students, staff, and faculty from all backgrounds."

Lisa Jordan

Career Outcomes

All Bonner students commit to eight or more hours of community service per week through an internship with a local non-profit community partner and two hours of personal, professional and leadership training per week with other students in the program. Approximately 20 nonprofit organizations, public schools, and governmental agencies host Bonner students each year. These dynamic partners serve as co-educators and mentors throughout the length of a student's career in the program. Current partners and projects include

  • Providing social services and supporting case management of low-income families at the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia
  • Tutoring and mentoring youth at the Chisholm Community Center and Spring Hill Boys and Girls Club
  • Clearing walking trails and facilitating educational programs for youth about local habitats at Lyonia Environmental Center
  • Creating financial literacy programs and coordinating the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the United Way of Volusia/Flagler Counties
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Bonner students:

  • intern with a non-profit community partner for eight to ten hours per week for four years.
  • align their internship with their academic and career goals so that they graduate with the skills, knowledge and experience needed for graduate school or a career in their area of interest.
  • maintain at least a 2.5 GPA each semester.

Cornerstone Projects

Each year, Bonner students complete a cornerstone with other members of their class that is tailored to their developmental level. These include

  • Certificate of Community Engagement Minor
  • Summer of Service Internships
  • First Year Trip - a three-day local service project
  • Sophomore Exchange - a four-day service project carried out with Bonners from other colleges and universities
  • Junior Capstone - an intensive research or program development project that aligns with the student's major and career interests.
  • Senior Presentation of Learning – an oral reflection presentation on students' careers in the program.

To help Bonner students complete this work, need-based financial aid packages are available:

  • Students with high need (e.g., those who have less than a $10,000 expected family contribution (EFC) per the FAFSA or the CSS PROFILE) will have 100 percent of their demonstrated financial need (DFN = cost of attendance minus your EFC) covered through grants, scholarships and/or loans. Applicants seeking this scholarship category MUST have their FAFSA and/or CSS PROFILE completed and sent to Stetson University's Admissions Office by the application deadline.
  • Students with low need (e.g., those who have $10,000 or more EFC) receive a fixed scholarship of $500 per semester.
  • Current Stetson students who apply to join Bonner are only eligible to receive the fixed $500 scholarship per semester.
  • To further incentivize participation in the Bonner Program, all Bonner students are able to be paid for their non-profit internship and professional development hours (approximately 10 hours per week) through student employment.

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