C a r s o n – N ew m a n College’s Bonner Program was recently selected to receive a $2.5 million endowment gift from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation.
The gift provides a two-part endowment covering student scholarships and the program’s operational expenses.
“We are happy and proud that this endowment gift will guarantee … Bonner Scholars will continue to be a telling presence in Jefferson City and in communities across the nation and around the world.” Bonner Foundation President Robert Hackett said.
“Such an endorsement by the Bonner Foundation serves as confirmation of Carson-Newman’s commitment to preparing students to be worldwide servant leaders,” O’Brien said.
He praised the work of past Bonner Center co-directors Dr. Larry Osborne and Dr. Beth Vanlandingham and past coordinator Matt Bryant Cheney.
“We cannot overstate their inspirational and transformational leadership in Carson-Newman’s service ethos,” O’Brien said.
Bonner students contribute 10 hours of service a week during the school year and participate in a full-time community service internship in the summer.
Since 1991, C-N Bonner students have contributed more than 330,000 hours of community service.
C-N is one of 24 campuses nationwide with endowed Bonner Scholars programs, and, with Maryville College, is one of two endowed colleges in East Tennessee.