The 1999-2000 Academic Year marked the beginning of a new four-year service scholarship program at Warren Wilson College, the Bonner Scholars Program. This program gives participating students opportunities to develop strong skills in the areas of tutoring and mentoring, problem-solving, communication skills, team building and conflict resolution, project planning, reflective journaling, self-awareness, and leadership.
The program involves a unique collaboration between Service-Learning and the Work program. Bonner Scholars are members of the Service-Learning Work Crew.
The 12 to 20 Bonner Scholars are actively engaged in biweekly tutoring and mentoring of disadvantaged students from city and county public schools. They befriend children in the Swannanoa valley through a weekly on-campus Big Brother/Big Sister Program, and volunteer regularly at MANNA Food Bank, local schools, and member agencies of the Asheville Buncombe Education Coalition. In addition, they work with other Service-Learning student crew members in planning a large variety of service projects, including weeklies, Saturday projects, and week-long service break trips in the fall, winter, and spring.
The Bonner Scholars Program exemplifies the College's commitment to making a difference in our local community, as well as enriching students' lives through a strong emphasis on service.
Persons interested in learning more about the Bonner Scholars are encouraged to go to the web at www.warren-wilson.edu/mainpage/outside_main2.html. Look at Programs, Service, and Bonner.