Bonner Leader Program

Founded by Bertram F. Bonner and his wife Corella Allen Bonner, the Bonner Foundation is a national philanthropic organization based in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1997, the Foundation launched the Bonner Leader Program designed to encourage students to develop lives of service. Today, Bonner Leaders can be found at over 75 colleges across the United States.

The Bonner Leaders at Tusculum are a group of students committed to serving the local community by using their gifts and talents where needed. Students in this program develop leadership skills by participating in meetings, trainings, internships, and service. Upon graduation, Bonner Leaders continue to seek ways in which they can enrich their communities through leadership of non-profits and/or direct service.

The Six Common Commitments of Bonner Leaders:

Civic Engagement: We participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct services.

Community Building: We establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and common interests.

Diversity: We respect and embrace the many dimensions of diversity in our private and public lives.

International Perspective: We develop international understanding that enables us to participate successfully in a global society.

Spiritual Exploration: We explore personal belief while respecting the spiritual practices of others.

Social Justice: We advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equity while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.


Are you interested in becoming a Bonner Leader?

Do you enjoy volunteering? Are you willing to work within the local community and beyond?

Work study students qualify to have their placements within the local community. Please contact Financial Aid to see if you qualify for work-study

If you have any questions, contact Courtney Washburn, CCA Program and Bonner Coordinator at or 423-636-7300 ext. 5252.