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Become a Bonner Leader Program Scholar

About the Bonner Leader Program

The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity.

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Bonner Leaders Improve Lives and Transforms Communities

The Bonner Leader program at Elizabethtown College provides student participants with dynamic and meaningful opportunities to develop and expand their commitment to service, leadership qualities, civic engagement, and social justice. Leaders receive a stipend for their weekly service with a regional community organization over the span of four years as an undergraduate student. The program provides participants with training and support as well as the opportunity to transform their campus and surrounding communities and to be transformed, in keeping with the institution’s Educate for Service motto.

*All students may apply for consideration. Federal work-study students or those who bring unique and diverse experiences and perspectives are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Individual advising and mentoring by Director of Center for Community and Civic Engagement and Bonner Program at Elizabethtown College.
  • Receive up to $3,000 annual stipend funded and provided to Leaders by Elizabethtown College.
  • Extensive Bonner Leader program resources and development in the areas of:
    • Civic Engagement: exploring and participating intentionally in multiple forms and dimensions of engagement including service, political engagement, social action, and public policy.
    • Community Building: creating and sustaining a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and shared interests.
    • Diversity: respecting the many different dimensions of personal and group identities (such as class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical and mental ability) and creating opportunities to dialogue and learn across them.
    • International Perspective: developing international and global understanding that enables individuals to participate successfully in an increasingly interconnected world, appreciate and transcend national boundaries.
    • Social Justice: understand and advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equity in addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
    • Spiritual Exploration: reflect on and explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual and ethical practices and values of others.
    • Wellness: nurturing the development, resilience, thriving, and sustenance of the whole person and of communities.
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Next Steps

  • Applications are now open for Elizabethtown College students enrolling in Fall 2025 as a member of the Class of 2029.
  • Application Due Date: December 1, 2024, to receive full consideration.
  • Bonner Leaders will be selected by February 1, 2025.
  • Questions? Contact Anna Tartline, Elizabethtown College Admissions:
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