Welcome back to campus Bears! The Center for Community Engagement is offering an exciting new program for freshman students interested in strengthening their service and leadership skills.
What is the Bonner Leader Program?
An interactive work-study program for college students that emphasizes service learning, community outreach, and leadership initiatives that align with Missouri State University’s public affairs mission. The Bonner Leader Program provides students with tangible service experiences that they can take beyond the classroom.
Who is eligible?
- First-year students who:
- Are eligible/have been awarded work-study (is displayed on FAFSA)
- Display responsibility in roles at school, work, home, or within the community
- Have an interest in honing their leadership skills by serving the Springfield area
- Participate for the duration of your undergraduate college career (4 years)
- Serve 8-10 hours per week (280 hours each academic year)
- Engage in 2-4 hours of weekly trainings and learning experiences during Bonner meetings
- Partner with a community organization for a summer of service (1 summer while an undergrad student)
- Research to complete a community-focused senior capstone project
- Encourage other MSU students to get involved in service opportunities
- Network with 18,000+ Bonner Leaders and alumni across the country
- Opportunities to engage in the campus and surrounding Springfield community
- Leadership development and mentorship from faculty
- Earn income throughout college through a federal work-study program