Bonner Leaders Application

The Bonner Program is designed to transform not only students, but also the campus and community in which they serve and learn. The goals of the program are identified in four areas: student development, community involvement, campus engagement, and higher education.

To be eligible for the Bonner Program, a student must be a current (or incoming) freshman or sophomore and eligible for work-study through their financial aid package.  Further questions about the program, and completed applications can be directed to Nicole Glaser at or 414-229-3161.

Please read the following information before filling out the application.

Skills Necessary:

•    Commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice
•    Ability to effectively communicate with various audiences: youth, staff, faculty, college students, community members
•    Ability to effectively manage various time commitments and multiple projects
•    Ability to meet deadlines and submit accurate timecards
•    Ability to take initiative
•    Ability to work in a team

Responsibilities & Commitments:

•    Serve in Bonner Leader position from September 2015 to September 2016; although further service years are encouraged and recommended
•    Complete approximately 8 hours of paid and unpaid community-service each week
•    Enroll in Educational Policy 315: Group Process and Civic Engagement, a 3 credit class that meets weekly in the Fall of 2015
•    Develop relationships with the local community through people in their organizations and programs
•    Develop leadership skills including effective communication, facilitation, time management, program and event planning, community organizing, and more
•    Participate in a community of student leaders working and learning together and attend monthly meetings with the Bonner Cohort
•    Create an end of the year display and attend a Presentation of Engagement and Learning
•    Participate in an Alternative Spring Break trip
•    Communicate regularly with service site supervisor as well as UWM Bonner Leader Program coordinator
•    Abide by and submit AmeriCorps, Bonner Leader Program, and work study related paperwork, time sheets, and documentation

Bonner Leaders will be expected to serve as engaged leaders and role models both on and off campus. As such, programs may arise on campus or in the community which Bonner Leaders will be expected to participate. Participation in these events will be coordinated by the Bonner Leader Program Director and will count towards completion of service hours.


•    $1,100 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of 300 hours of service and leadership development within one year (this award can be earned up to 4 years)
•    A significant amount of the service hours required can be earned through placement in a community work study position, paying approximately $9.25 an hour
•    Membership in a nationally recognized program
•    Leadership and professional skills training
•    Scholarship to attend Alternative Spring Break
•    Networking opportunities
•    Peer support for personal development
•    Potential funding to attend national Bonner Leader programs

You must fill out both parts of the application below before submitting.



Check Yes if your parents, guardians, or grandparents did NOT attend college.