Bonner Program

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What is the Bonner Program?

The Bonner Program is part of a national network that provides students with paid opportunities to develop as leaders and have positive impact on their communities. Through self-reflection, leadership skills training, and the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with community organizations, students acquire real-world skills that position them for fulfilling careers and lives of impact.

Who are the Bonner Leaders?

Bonner Leaders are students enrolled at the university who commit to paid positions of 8-10 hours per week which includes leadership training and on-site work with community organizations. Bonner Leaders are committed to the program for their 4 years of study (2-3 years for Academic Year 2021-22).

Be the First UH Hilo Bonner Leaders!

As the first Bonner Leaders at UH Hilo, this cohort will have the opportunity to shape the program to meet the unique needs of our island community. The cohort will consist of 5-6 UH Hilo students who will work with the Center for Community Engagement in establishing the Bonner Program with guidance from a national network.


  • Sophomores or Juniors in any area of study
  • Passion for working with the community
  • Interest in leadership development
  • Priority will be given to first-generation college students and those with Federal Work Study (FWS) awards


  • 8-10 hours per week of paid work including:
    • Attending leadership workshops
    • Providing service at community organizations
    • Working with a team to develop a 4 year Bonner Program

How to Apply

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Contact Us

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 932-7830

Or visit us on the UH Hilo Campus in PB-5.