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How can I become a Bonner Leader?

The Bonner Leaders Program seeks a diverse pool of applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and civic engagement and wish to further develop their leadership skills. Interested students must be eligible and funded for a Federal Work-Study award of at least $3,000. Your community work and weekly enrichment/training will be your work-study job. Only incoming first-year students and transfer students with three years of expected enrollment at Carolina are eligible to apply.

What is the application process?

What are the program requirements once you become a Bonner Leader?

  • Commitment to a community internship (approximately 6-8 hours per week) for your entire Carolina experience as your work-study assignment;
  • Attendance and active participation in training and enrichment activities (2 hours per week on Mondays from 6-8pm) as a component of your work-study assignment;
  • The total hours of community work plus weekly training and enrichment activities will be 8-10 hours, depending on the size of your work-study award; and
  • Participation in program initiatives hosted by the Bonner Leaders Program, such as All Bonner Retreat, First-Year Experience, Sophomore Exchange, Junior Retreat, and Senior Presentations of Learning.

For more information about the Carolina Bonner Leaders Program, please follow @bonnerleaders_unc on Instagram, visit our Become a Bonner site, or contact the Bonner Leaders Program Director Yalitza Ramos at To learn more about the national Bonner network, please visit the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation website at