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. Today, the Foundation currently works with over 75 institutions.
Here at Tusculum, the Bonner Leaders are students who want to make a difference in the Greeneville community. Throughout the program, students develop leadership management by participating in meetings, training and enrichment’s, holding intern positions, and in service. We want our students to leave Tusculum with a better citizen worldly view. We follow the six Common Commitments that all Bonner schools use:
Civic Engagement -Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service
Community Building–Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships and common interests
Diversity–Respect the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives
International Perspective–Develop international understanding that enables students to participate fully in a global society
Social Justice–Advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
Spiritual Exploration–Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.
HOW TO BECOME A BONNER LEADER?
A student is qualified to be a Bonner Leader if he/she is eligible for Federal Work-Study. Students participating in the Bonner Program receive financial support from a combination of Federal Work-Study and AmeriCorps Education Awards. Please contact the Work-Study department to see if you are eligible. If you have any questions, contact Ashley Shipley, Bonner Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-636-7300 EXT 5252.