Capital University Bonner Leader Program
The first of its kind in Central Ohio, Capital’s Bonner Leader Program connects Capital University and Columbus to a national network of colleges, universities, and communities dedicated to providing students the opportunity to attend college with a reduced financial burden, while simultaneously elevating the communities around them.
Capital’s Bonner Leaders are guided by a multiyear curriculum and placed in local nonprofit organizations. These extensive and sustained partnerships provide students with meaningful opportunities to acquire real-world problem-solving skills and position them for fulfilling careers and lives of impact. Above all else, these opportunities brighten, lift, and build the capacity of others.
Capital University has always strived to be a place for students to belong, begin, and become. At the heart of Capital’s Bonner Leader Program is the belief that institutions of higher learning play a vital role in nurturing and mobilizing thoughtful, caring, and diverse leaders dedicated to solving challenges in our community.
Elizabeth L. Paul, Ph.D., Capital University President
In 1990, the Bonner Foundation launched the first Bonner Scholars Program. Designed to provide students with “access to education and an opportunity to serve,” the program has grown to become the largest privately-funded, service-based college scholarship program in the country. The scholarship provides students with high financial need and an ethic for service with four-years of financial aid support and an opportunity to participate in an intensive cohort experience.
The hallmarks of the Capital Bonner Leader Program, include:
Prospective students can apply to join the Bonner community through a competitive scholarship process. The Bonner Leader application will be available for students entering in Fall 2020 starting December 2019.
For more information about Capital University’s Bonner Leader Program, email Abbey Rutschilling, Program Coordinator, Student and Community Engagement or call 614-236-7180.
A vital component of the Bonner Leader Program is financial assistance. Capital University has received support for Bonner students through the establishment of the American Electric Power Bonner Leader Fellowship. Through a $500,000 endowed gift from the AEP Foundation, Bonner Leaders receive four years of financial support toward their classroom studies and their commitment to becoming future community leaders. “AEP is proud to partner with Capital University to provide opportunities to these impressive students and future leaders,” says Nick Akins, CEO of American Electric Power. The AEP Foundation’s mission “to support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work” is evident in its support for improving lives through education – from early childhood through higher education.
Capital University today revealed its inaugural class and outlined the community organizations the students’ efforts will impact in the first year. This comes one year after announcing its formal partnership with The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation to provide scholarships for lower-income, underrepresented and first-generation students with a passion for community engagement and social justice issues....
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