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The Bonner Leader Program is a service-learning leadership program that places students to serve at local non-profit organizations addressing social justice, educational, poverty, environmental, and cultural/arts issues present in the Louisville community.  In addition to direct service experiences, training, enrichment, reflection, and co-education with community partners are integral aspects of the program.

This program is funded through AmeriCorps, therefore students are required to complete the program in a particular time period based upon the term of service commitment.  Upon completion of this term of service, each participant receives an education award that may be applied to student loans or college costs. 

Bonner Leaders make a commitment to perform 300 hours of community service at an arranged non-profit organization of their interest. Past sites have included: Chapel House Assisted Living, ElderServ, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Kentuicky Refugee Ministries, Americana Community Center, Gilda's Club, and many more.

Bonners have a calendar year to finish their hours. On successful completion of 300 service hours, all participants receive a $1000 stipend that can be used for cost of attendance items or to pay off student loans. If a student gets federal work-study, he/she will also be eligible for a bi-weekly salary.  Students may complete two terms of service:

  • 300 hours, 1 year commitment, $1,000.00 award
  • 450 hours, 1 year commitment, $1,250.25 award
  • 900 hours, 2 year commitment, $2,362.50 award


Program Goals

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.  

For the Student:

To provide access to a college education for students with financial need.To afford students the opportunity to enhance and use their abilities, talents, and leadership to serve others while in college. 

To create a supportive community of students on campus whose common focus on community service gives them a sense of purpose and meaning.

For the Community:

To channel the energies of college students, faculty, and staff to continue to improve and expand upon the quality and nature of services offered to the community.

To break down the barriers between town and gown leading to improved communication and greater collaboration between the two.

Please visit the Bonner organization site

Contact Lynetta Mathis, Assistant Director of Field Education, Kent School of Social Work at 852-6137 or

 wes moore

 Bonner Leaders with Wes Moore, author of the "The Other Wes Moore" at IdeaFestival Reception



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