Bonner AmeriCorps

About  the Bonner AmeriCorps Education Award

Mission of AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place and supervise AmeriCorps members.

After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans.

Connection between Bonner and AmeriCorps

The Bonner Foundation is a direct recipient of AmeriCorps Education Awards, managing awards and reporting directly to AmeriCorps. The Bonner Foundation graciously allocates some of its slots to all qualifying Shepherd Internship Program participants who elect to participate. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. National or Lawful Permanent Resident at the tiem of enrollment
  • At least 17 years old (with written parental consent), or 18 years old before the desired start date for the AmeirCorps term.
  • Must not be registered as a sex offender nor have a murder conviction
  • May not receive more than the equivalent of two full-time Education Awards, limited to serving four terms. Through the Shepherd Internship Program, students register for the Minimum Award (300 hours) accounting for 1/8 of th term limit.

Documentation Requirements

The Enrollment Packet and required identification documents are to be submitted with the Shepherd Internship Program Application.


Documentation Needed 

Be a U.S. Citizen or

Legal Resident Alien

Please submit a legible copy of one of the following:

 1.  Signed, unexpired U.S. Passport or Passport Card

 2.  State or county-issued birth certificate

 3.  Naturalization or Legal Permanent Resident Documentation

 4.  Report of Birth Abroad to a U.S. citizen 


Please note that legal name change documentation is also needed if the name that appears on your citizenship documentation is different than your current legal name (eg., copy of Marriage Certificate or court order). 

Pass a Criminal Background Check and Sex Offender Registry Check 


Please submit a legible copy of one of these acceptable forms of government-issued photo ID:

 1.  Signed and un-expired U.S. Passport or Passport Card or;

 2.  Driver's license or;

 3.  Permanent Resident Card 


Enrollment and Tracking 

For interns who select to enroll in and meet the edibility requirements for AmeriCorps, there is an entirely separate and significant reporting system outside of what is required by the Shepherd Internship Program. Students enrolled in AmeriCorps will be given the following step-by-step instructions leading up to the AmeriCorps deadline, but the student bears responsibility for completing paperwork on time.

Enrollment Packet

By April 1st:

  • View AmeriCorps 101 PPT
  • Submit an Enrollment Packet including additional ID and a background check
    • Mail Original to Amy DeHart:  Washington and Lee University,  Newcomb Hall 312, Lexington, VA 24450
  • Receive password-protected access to Bonner AmeriCorps reporting site 

During the internship:

  • Create Community Learning Agreement (online) to be signed by the agency supervisor and Shepherd Internship Program Director*
  • Log hours electronically and obtain signatures on the first of each month and the last day of the internship
  • Obtain an evaluation from the supervisor upon completion of the internship

At the Closing Conference:

  • Complete and submit an Exit Form (hard copy, original)

Following the Closing Confernece:

  • Log hours for the conference
  • Complete the Service Accomplishments 
  • Bonner Foundation will exit you from the program and submit your file for review and payment to
  • Upon receiveing email notification and how-to instructions, register for the AmeriCorps Education Award