Bonner Leader Program - Prospective Students

Welcome to the Wagner College Bonner Leaders Program!


Wagner College is excited to have your consideration for the Bonner Leaders Program.

The Bonner Program is designed to heighten the overall education you receive by asking you to engage in ongoing civic based work and helping you develop the experience, skills, knowledge and values necessary to make your work meaningful and lasting.

This intensive, multi-year program is designed to enhance the students’ academic experiences by fostering real-world, community connections.

Program and Application Information

Bonner Leaders are expected to:

  • Make community engagement and leadership development one of your highest priorities
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Perform up to 150 hours of civic engagement work through the academic year by serving an average of 6 hours a week in community-based internship placements
  • Engage in a 2 hour academic, reflective, and skill development based seminar every week, as well as all other scheduled events, individual meetings, and advising sessions
  • Declare and fulfill a Civic Engagement minor of study as a means to develop theory behind civic practice
  • Participate in any mandatory Bonner trips, events, and projects including a first year service trip, sophomore exchange, junior leadership, and senior capstone thesis paper and presentation
  • Attend summer and winter training and orientation weeks
  • The Bonner Leaders Program fosters relationship development and inspires family values by creating a foundation of trust and empathy
  • Bonners have the opportunity to rely on one another, seek advice, and offer mentorship across all four of the 12 member cohorts
  • All Bonners participate in events, discussions, and readings focused on the following seven core commitments:
    • Community Building — Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests on and off campus
    • Social Justice — Advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equity while addressing systemic, social, and environmental issues
    • International Perspective — Develop international understanding that enables us to participate successfully in a global society
    • Spiritual Exploration — Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others
    • Diversity — Respect and embrace the many dimensions of diversity in our private and public lives
    • Civic Engagement — Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service
    • Wellness — Dedicate time and energy to personal wellbeing, reflection, and internal growth as a strategy to be one’s best self

Benefits of the program:

  • Role as leaders and active members in the campus community
  • Priority registration for coursework
  • Early move-in each semester
  • Network with local agencies and community based organizations for internships and job placement opportunities
  • Attend national conferences with the Bonner network, and connect with students from over 65 other colleges and universities nationwide
  • Earn up to 6 hours/ week of pay for service at community placements

Application information and timeline:

  • Application information for the class of 2025 coming soon.