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.

Six "Common Commitments,"identified by the Bonner Foundation, guide the service and training of Bonners:

  • social justice
  • civic engagement
  • spiritual exploration
  • diversity
  • international perspective
  • community building.

Bonners participate in service based on their career, educational, and service interests. Past Bonners have held positions at a variety of agencies, ranging from free clinics and economic development organizations to women's abuse shelters and nutritional programs.

W&L Bonners are eligible to receive work-study wages for service in the local community and also receive financial support for enrichment activities, such as conferences, summer internships, individual projects, and leadership building workshops. The program provides students with a developmental structure and a peer network of students who share a similar commitment to social justice and desire to serve.

In addition to an interest in meaningful and significant service, most students must demonstrate financial need as evidence by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Bonner Program was introduced at W&L in winter of 2011 by the Corella and Betram F. Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J. The program followed in the footsteps of a strong two-year Bonner Leader Program that was established on W&L's campus in 2002. More than two dozen campuses across the nation have Bonner Programs.