BY REQUEST

The Conference Fund provides financial support to Bonners for attending conferences that align with the mission and intent of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. The amount of available funding varies from semester to semester, but the most funding you can receive for a conference is $300.00 and that amount is typically reserved for presenters.

Before attending the conference, please submit your Conference Fund grant proposal. Once submitted, it will be reviewed and approved/not approved by your class representatives and senior intern class advisor within 2 weeks. You will be notified by email.

Examples

In March of 2011, Bonner Hadya Abdul Satar attended the conference “A 360-Degree Look at World Events” with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Hadya was interested in the political situation in the Middle East and especially the Egyptian Revolution.  The conference explored immigration and asylum in Egypt and helped Hadya find real examples of the theories she explored in her classes.

In February of 2012, the conference fund was used to send Jasmine Garrett and Miki Doan to the William and Mary Active Citizens Conference.  In recent years many colleges and universities experienced a critical transformation in community engagement, characterized by prolific growth in student and faculty partnerships with communities and alumni. The Active Citizens Conference explored ways in which higher education might respond to this emotional inspiration and intellectual curiosity.

Community Fund

Apply for up to $1,000 with your supervisor to help your community partner start a program, buy materials, or meet an existing need.  Once you identify an appropriate need, sit down with your site supervisor to complete and submit the Community Fund grant proposal.  It cannot be saved, so it must be completed in one sitting. Once submitted, it will be reviewed and approved/not approved by your class representatives and senior intern class advisor within 2 weeks. You will be notified by email.

Examples

In July of 2011, Jonathan Perez submitted a community fund request for Church Hill Activities and Tutoring.  The funds were used to send 70 at-risk students to colleges in the Richmond area to expose them to the world of higher education.  The students visited J. Sargeant Reynolds, Virginia Union, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond.  The funds were also used for transportation and food for those students on two out-of-town field trips as a bonding experience for the group.

Bonner Kayla Miller submitted a community fund request in September of 2011 to support Henderson Middle School.  Through receiving recommendations from teachers, Henderson accepted 16 students into a Student Incentive Program which included pictures and description of accepted students on bulletin boards, goody bags, ice cream after lunch, and a field trip each semester.  The Community Fund helped at-risk students in Henderson realize their full potential by making examples of exemplary students.

Community Building Grant

Each Bonner class can propose a community building event, and the grant award is $200 per class.  The grant form  will ask for information about your event, such as the date, dollar amount requested, and space reservations needed.  Your grant proposal will be reviewed by our senior interns who will then forward it to your class rep for approval.

CCE Educational and Awareness Grants

The CCE welcomes the opportunity to support and/or co-sponsor student-initiated and student-led programming that contributes to our mission.  Programs should include a component that will educate the individual, group of students, student organization, or campus community about a social or civic issue.  Any student currently enrolled in any school at the University of Richmond is eligible to apply.

Individuals, groups of students, or a student organization may receive financial assistance up to $750. As an incentive to engage with the City of Richmond, an additional award of up to $100 is available for programs that take place at UR Downtown. Transportation support may be available.

Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis.  Programs must be implemented during the year in which funds are requested.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the fall or spring semester to increase the opportunities to plan, publicize, and implement programs.  Members of the CCE staff will award grants after carefully evaluating grant proposals.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Adrienne Piazza, coordinator, student development and educational programming, or by phone at (804) 484-1606.  Submit completed applications and accompanying materials to Tyler Haynes Commons 201 or by email at apiazza@richmond.edu.

Rising Senior Stipend

Under construction. See Summer Fellowships Application. 

Loan Reduction

Upon graduation, Bonner Scholars can access their loan reduction funds to repay students loans, put towards graduate school, or pay for certifications, tests, and other forms of continuing education. Bonners are eligible for up to $2,000 in loan reduction funds, but that total is reduced by $250 for each cornerstone missed. Walk-on Scholars get $250 in loan reduction funds per semester they are part of the scholarship program.

Each May, BSP staff reviews our records, determines your loan reduction amount, and contacts the Office of Financial Aid  to acquire lender information for graduating Bonners. If you have student loans from UR, we pay those first and will pay the lender directly. If you don’t have student loans, then you have up to 7 years to claim your loan reduction funds. They expire at the end of the 7 years.

To access remaining loan reduction funds, please email bonner@richmond.edu and describe:

  • the expense
  • the amount requested
  • to whom the check should be made payable
  • and the address to which it should be sent

Travel Reimbursement

The BSP subsidizes costs for Bonners who transport themselves to their respective service sites*. The maximum subsidy is $100 per academic year and can be reimbursed to students who drive their own car or who want to give gas money to the driver of a carpool. Travel reimbursements are completed and submitted each April.

*Students who use Zipcar, the Service Shuttle or GRTC as their primary mode of transportation should not complete this form.