Rider Bonner Community Scholars
COMMITTED TO: Community Building • Civic Engagement • Diversity • International Perspective • Spiritual Exploration • Social Justice
Do you want to be involved — locally and globally — in making the world a better place? Consider becoming a Rider Bonner Community Scholar.
Through a wide range of service projects, Bonners are putting their passion and talents to work to address hunger, homelessness, adult literacy, and the mentoring and tutoring needs of at-risk youth.
The Rider Bonner Community Scholar Program is part of a national network of seventy American colleges and universities. The Bonner Foundation is located in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1990, they created the first Bonner Scholars Program at Berea College with the mission of providing access to college for students with no means of paying for school and an opportunity to become civically engaged in their communities. Rider University has been a part of the Bonner network since 1999.
What Do We Do?
Rider Bonner Community Scholars serve in small teams with several primary community partners to address issues of hunger, homelessness, adult literacy and at-risk youth in the Trenton area. Students accepted into the program are assigned to one primary site for the academic year based on their preferences, class schedule, and each agency’s needs. Some our primary community partners include:
- The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
- The English School
- El Centro After-School Mentoring Program
- HomeFront Family Preservation Center & Joy, Hopes & Dreams Program
- Every Child Valued at Eggerts Crossing Village
- Get Set After School Program
- Mill Hill Child & Family Development Center
Expectations from Members:
- Complete 10 -12 hours of community service per week
- Attend weekly training and enrichment opportunities
- Complete at total of 300 hours of service that includes the meetings
- Attend required events such as All Bonner Kick-Off and Bonner Winter Retreat
- Participate in monthly Campus Wide Days of Service
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
Additional Expectations by year:
- Newly Admitted Students: Attend the New Bonner Orientation (August 30 – September 1, 2019) and First Year Experience Service Trip (Spring Break – March 2020)
- Sophomores: Attend Sophomore Exchange
- Juniors: Plan and implement Junior Rejuvenation Retreat
- Seniors: Create and put on a Senior Presentation of Learning
The Benefits of Being a Bonner Community Scholar*
- Receive an annual stipend totaling $2,500 distributed biweekly
- Receive a $1,175 Education Award when you complete 600, 900 and 1,200 hours of service
- Priority registration for classes
- Opportunities to attend national conferences