Bonner Program Receives $500,000 Grant
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 [7:48 PM]
The 2010-11 LWC Bonner Leaders gather in early
August the Norma & Glen Hodge
Center for Discipleship. The program received a $500,000
endowment grant to support
its service-learning initiatives.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College has
received a $500,000 endowment grant to support service-learning
initiatives at the liberal arts college.
The grant is from the Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J., and it
will be matched by $500,000 from the college to create a $1 million
The $1 million endowment will be used to provide scholarships to
more than four dozen students who participate in the Lindsey Wilson
Bonner Leaders program.
"The Bonner Leader program is an incredible asset to Lindsey
Wilson's students because it helps them become values-centered
parents, employees and volunteers who are committed to serving
others," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. "Bonner Leader students
learn through doing, through leading and through reaching out to
help others. These habits of service ingrain in them the ability to
and the need to be integrally connected to those around them."
Lindsey Wilson started its Bonner Leader program in 2005-06 with eight
students, and it expanded the program to 42 students in 2009-10.
Thanks to the endowment gift, the college has more than 50 Bonner
Leader students in 2010-11, according to LWC Director of Civic
Engagement & Student Leadership Amy Thompson-Wells.
Since its inception, LWC Bonner Leaders have contributed more
than 30,000 hours of community service to the region, including
more than 10,000 hours during the 2009-10 school year. In 2007, the
LWC Bonner Leader program received the Best Partner Award from the
Kentucky Community Education Association for its work with the
after-school program at Columbia's Colonel William Casey
"Lindsey Wilson College is making a difference in Columbia and
in surrounding communities through the Bonner Leader program,"
One of those students is Kayla Clark of Greensburg, Ky. Clark
has voolunteered at Colonel William Casey School's after-school
"Camp Casey" program.
"It's been a great experience for me because I've learned who I
am," Clark said. "I've also learned that service is something I
really enjoy doing. I've realized that helping people from the
heart is what I want to do with my life."