The Bonner Leaders Program is a four-year scholarship program that supports a strong team of students working to bring about positive community change through service, research, and action.

What is a Bonner Leader?

Bonner Leaders live and breathe service. As the only university in Maryland with a Bonner program, NDMU develops Bonner Leaders to build close relationships with non-profit community partners and immerse themselves in the reality of the population they serve.

Bonners start by learning the strengths and needs of the non-profit before gradually increasing their role and responsibilities to tackle various social issues. Service is designed to align with academic goals and career aspirations so that Bonners will graduate with resume-boosting skills, knowledge, and experience. 

Over the course of four years, the role of Bonner Leaders evolves in the following ways: 

  • Direct Service
  • Education and Reflection
  • Service Leadership
  • Capacity-Building/Social Action

Bonner Commitment

All students are required to:

  • Volunteer for 300 hours a year (150 hours per semester) 
  • Attend one and a half hours of personal, professional and/or leadership training biweekly on topics such as time management, conflict resolution, poverty reduction, and education reform
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA each semester
  • Attend orientation and all Bonner meetings


  • Accepting applications from incoming freshman and rising sophomores
  • Must exhibit a dedication to service
  • Must be admitted into Notre Dame 
  • Must be a student who will use campus housing


Students receive scholarship funds to be used toward on campus housing expenses.

How to Apply

  • Deadline for Incoming Freshmen and Rising Sophomores: Applications and interviews are being accepted on a rolling basis for Fall 2021


Award Notification

Students will be notified and interviewed by The Bonner Leadership team. 

Finalists who are unable to attend the in-person interviews will be able to interview via Skype or phone.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Office of Service and Community Engagement at