Why Bonner?

Access to Education and Opportunity to Serve in the Greater DC Area!


Our Mission 

The Bonner Leadership Program at George Mason University is a service-based scholarship program that emphasizes an exploration into the ideas of citizenship and democracy, the different modes of civic engagement, and application of these ideals across a changing social and political landscape through both local and global community service sites. 

Our Bonner Leaders become engaged citizens prepared to generate social change that will enable a sense of purpose and meaning with a common focus on community service and tackling global questions. 


The Bonner Leadership Program contributes to the development of Mason students into becoming well-rounded scholars. By partnering with community agencies, students become socially responsible leaders working to create positive change for local, national, and international communities. The Bonner Leadership Program provides a scaffolded approach to community engagement that can help you to further your educational and future career goals. 


George Mason University's main campus is in the bustling city of Fairfax. Fairfax is rich in history, culture, and political and social movements. As a suburb of Washington, D.C. Bonner students will embrace the uniqueness of the Fairfax community-at-large and engage with the D.C. Metro community as a whole.


Active Participation in both Civic and Political Life


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