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Community Service in Action: Bonner Celebrates 404 Day

According to its organizers, "404 Day in Atlanta is a vibrant celebration of the city’s culture, arts, and influence. It takes place annually on April 4th (4.04), paying homage to Atlanta’s popular 404 area code. This unique event brings together music, visual art, dance, and the city’s top influencers for an immersive experience. It’s a day to revel in all things Atlanta."

This spring, Spelman College Dean of Students Sylvia Griffin and Bonner Office of Community Engagement Director Jilo Tisdale were joined by 85 Spelman students who rolled up their sleeves and spent the afternoon cleaning up along the Westside Beltline trail with students from Morehouse and Georgia State.


Thank you for your interest in the Bonner Scholar Program at Spelman College. The timeline for selection of incoming Bonner Scholars at Spelman typically begins in January with invitations to the program extended on April 15.

This year, due to ongoing delays with the release of accurate FAFSA information by the US Department of Education, we cannot complete the evaluation of applicants for selection of the C'2028 Bonner Scholar cohort by April 15, 2024. Consequently, the decision has been made to close the application and reset the selection timeline. 
Interested students, in the class of 2028, who are enrolled at Spelman College when the process re-opens this fall, will have the opportunity to apply. Invitations to the Bonner Scholar Program will not be extended before the August start of the 2024/2025 academic year, and no Bonner scholarships will be awarded for the fall semester.   

The Bonner Scholar Program is a vehicle allowing students to dedicate themselves not only to service, but to making connections between community experiences and academic pursuits. The program is designed to identify qualified, service-oriented students and provide financial assistance commensurate to student need as defined by the Estimated Family contribution (EFC) on the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This enables selected students to serve others, while receiving leadership development training, academic support and enrichment opportunities to encourage their success at Spelman and completion of requirements to earn their college degrees.

The program provides a structured developmental progression to encourage students to develop leadership ability and expertise that can be applied to a chosen career path. A student who takes part in the Bonner Scholar Program must be willing and able to make a significant commitment to service and community engagement throughout their college career. Bonner Scholars commit to carry out an average of 10 hours of service per week during the school year for four years, perform at least two full-time summers of service, and participate in trainings and meetings as required. In return, students receive individualized financial aid to help with college expenses and a network of support.

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Bonner Office of Civic Engagement
350 Spelman Lane S.W.
Box 1543
Atlanta, GA 30314

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Manley Student Center, Upper Level

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