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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 for a Federal Work-Study award of at least $2,700. Your community work and weekly enrichment/training will be your work-study job. Only first-year students and transfer students with three years of expected enrollment at Carolina are eligible to apply.

What is the application process?

  • The priority deadline for Applications is July 24, 2020 at 11:59pm. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the deadline.
  • Click here to APPLY NOW by signing in to our Heel Life page!
  • Finalists will be notified beginning August 3, 2020.
  • Interviews will take place beginning August 10, 2020.
  • Bonner Leaders will be notified beginning August 14, 2020. All dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 related updates to operations and applicants will be notified of any changes to this timeline.

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

  • Commitment to a community internship (approximately 6-8 hours per week) for 4 years 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 check out our Bonner brochure or contact the Bonner Leaders Program Director Yalitza Ramos at ramos@email.unc.edu.