The Bonner Leadership Scholar program at WKU is a service scholarship available to students who have experience serving in communities. WKU Bonner students dedicate ten hours a week of community service and receive a partial tuition scholarship from WKU. The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships coordinates the Bonner Leadership Scholars and work with the scholars through a developmental journey of service and leadership that will not only pay a significant portion of their higher education costs, but also equip them with critical life skills and real world experience that will separate them from their job-seeking peers. Bonner students will learn what it means to become citizen professionals and effective agents of change.
According to Cheryl Keen and Kelly Hall's (2009) article titled Engaging with Difference Matters: Longitudinal Student Outcomes of Co-Curricular Service-Learning Programs, one semester of service-learning coursework effects civic, cognitive and academic outcomes. Through a service-learning model, Bonner students will lead collaborative efforts to make lasting impacts in the communities in which they serve. Studies show the participation in service-learning programs like the Bonner program can lead to positive outcomes in outcomes in academics. To learn more about the Bonner Leadership program at WKU, click here.
The A.C.E.S. Program is a Living and Learning Community (LLC) partnership between University College and The Department of Housing and Residence Life that gives students the opportunity to both live and learn together. The A.C.E.S. Program is dedicated to the successful matriculation of freshman college students by engaging them in academic, residential, and social experiences. Students who participate in the A.C.E.S. Program will have access to A.C.E.S. designated faculty members in their A.C.E.S. assigned program courses and will have the opportunity to work closely with these faculty members to ensure their academic success. The students within the A.C.E.S. Program will live together in the A.C.E.S. assigned residential halls where they will have distinct access to quiet study rooms and tutoring centers. Additional, these students will be able to participate in monthly social activities that create a bond between the LLC group and a solid foundation for collegiate and lifelong friendships.
Students within the program who excel in various areas including civility, leadership, integrity, wisdom, and a positive attitude will have an opportunity to take part of the A.C.E.S. Ambassador Leadership Training Program. Upon completion of the program these students will begin their journey as representatives and mentors of the A.C.E.S. Program where they will work with A.C.E.S. Faculty at WKU ATPs, mentor incoming freshman who participate in the program, assist in designing the monthly social events, and will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of peer leadership positions at WKU.