The Bonner Program

The High Point University Bonner Leader Program seeks to transform the lives of students as well as their campuses, local communities, and nation by providing access to education and opportunities to serve. Administered by the HPU Service Learning Program, students in the program engage in ongoing service work while developing the tools and the knowledge necessary to make that work lasting and meaningful.

  • Students will serve at least 227 hours per year.
  • Once accepted, placements will be arranged and supervised by the HPU Service Learning Program. Placement preferences will be considered but are not guaranteed.
  • Students will need to arrange their own transportation.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students with service experience (including participation in High School activities, Faith-Based & Civic Organizations).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills, committed, responsible, and passionate individuals.
  • Eligible for Federal Work-Study benefits


Students will be required to:

  • Attend an orientation in the first week of Fall Semester.
  • Serve 8-10 hours per week every week of the semester excluding exam weeks.
  • Attend weekly training reflection sessions as part of their 8-10 hours of service/week.
  • Maintain good academic standing


Benefits of serving as a Bonner Leader:

  • Receive regular pay through Federal Work-Study (FWS)
  • Receive priority registration
  • May be able to receive academic credit for work associated with service
  • Special recognition opportunities
  • Attend national conferences and meet students from other campuses engaged in making a better world
  • Make contacts, develop leadership and workplace skills