Launch Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness

National Bonner Leaders at Averett University

The Bonner Leader Program at Averett University is an intensive, four-year community leadership opportunity that educates, equips and inspires students to engage our local community and beyond through a partnership with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.

Bonner Leaders are selected through a highly competitive process open to incoming first-year students. The program is committed to the belief that students can address critical social issues, providing them with an avenue to positively affect their campuses, the local community, and the world through leadership and excellence in service. If accepted, students enter an engaging, community-based leadership program in which they will gain the tools to build community relationships and effectively meet regional needs. These students will galvanize the Averett student body, in a continuing effort to develop a culture of service.

Bonner Leader Criteria:

First year students that are strongly demonstrated commitment to community engagement and civic involvement, affinity for working in teams, and high moral character with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Financial Benefits:

$1200 yearly stipend
$1000 scholarship towards tuition
$800 towards professional development opportunities

How to Apply:

  1. Fill out the Bonner Leader Program Application by clicking here.
  2. Submit a Recommendation Letter: Please provide a letter of recommendation sent by someone familiar with your community involvement and/or family responsibilities via email to [email protected], or it can be mailed to:
    • ATTN: April Love-Loveless-CCECC, 420 W. Main Street, Danville VA 24541
  3. Submit your Resume: Please email a copy of your resume to [email protected].
  4. Once a letter of recommendation and a resume is submitted, prospective students will be scheduled for a virtual panel interview (Zoom, Google Hangout, or FaceTime). In order to go through the interview portion, the application, recommendation letter, and resume must be submitted.

Additional Resources:

To hear from our current Averett University Bonners, please watch this video.

For more information on the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation visit