Bonner Scholar Program

Lindsey Wilson College

The mission of the Bonner Leader Program is to transform the lives of students and members, the life of their campuses, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership. The Bonner Program is designed to heighten the overall education students and members receive by asking them to engage in ongoing service work and helping them develop the experience, skills, knowledge and values necessary to make that work meaningful and lasting.

The Bonner Foundation, the Bonner Scholars Program, and the Bonner Leaders Program hold these Common Commitments:

  • Social Justice
  • Civic Engagement
  • Spiritual Exploration
  • Diversity
  • International Perspective
  • Community Building

For the purposes of the Bonner Leader Program, “community service” is defined as service provided to individuals or communities to meet social, educational, or environmental needs. This service may be provided directly or indirectly through a student-initiated project or a project sponsored by a non-profit or government agency. No less than half of a Bonner Leader’s service hours must be spent in “direct, hands-on” community service activities such as tutoring, visiting the elderly, environmental clean-up, building a home, renovating a playground.

Some of our Bonner placements include: Summit Manor Nursing Home, Lake Cumberland Head Start, 4-H Youth Development, Camp Casey, and Columbia/Adair Co. Chamber of Commerce, The Center for Courageous Kids and several others.

The Bonner Scholar Program is funded through LWC and the Bonner Foundation.

Contact Information

Location: Career Services and Bonner Scholar Center (Wilkerson)
Phone: 270-384-7469
Fax: 270-384-8434
E-mail: bonner@lindsey.edu

Deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

Applicants should be highly motivated and service-oriented incoming college freshmen who want to improve their college experience through service to the local community. You do not have to be accepted at Lindsey Wilson College to apply for LWC Bonner, but you should be in the process of applying to LWC!


Download the application on the link below, fill it out, and send it when completed to bonner@lindsey.edu or The Bonner Program, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY 42728. You must also possess the following:

  • Complete a Bonner Application, obtain letters of recommendation.
  • Have a cumulative GPA above a 3.0.
  • Commit to 7-10 hours of direct service weekly at one of the above sites or a site that fits the six commitments and meetings assigned by Bonner Director.
  • Show that you are passionate about servant leadership.