Bonner Receives Regents’ Award
On Thursday, February 18th, 2016, the University of Houston System Board of Regents presented the Regents’ Academic Excellence Award to the Bonner Program in the Honors College at the University of Houston. The Academic Excellence Award is awarded to the Bonner Program for the great public service that we do in our community, as well as the service-learning culture we are building at the Honors College.
This award marks a milestone in our program as the symbol of our accumulative efforts over the past three years. Since our inception, we have worked with partners like METRO, Habitat for Humanity, KIPP Intrepid, Chavez High School, New Hope Housing, and other non-profits. Our successes include recovering 5,000 lbs of food, mentoring 108 7th-graders in writing, improving college access for high-schoolers through SAT tutoring and college application prep, hosting Bonner Congress in 2015, and co-planning the UH MLK Day of Service in 2015. Our students also accomplish outstanding academic successes by achieving higher average GPA than other Honors College First Time in College students and participating in research opportunities offered by the Honors College.
We would not have achieved these incredible successes without help along the way, and we would like to extend our thanks to the people who made this program what it is today. Thanks to the first Bonner class–Class of 2017–for taking a chance on the program and building it up from the ground. Thanks to all the Bonners currently working on our anti-poverty projects and demonstrating every day that the best kind of education is the kind which revolves around service. Thanks to our community partners for developing our students into service leaders, and for their work to make a positive impact in Houston. Thanks to the University of Houston Office of the Provost for supporting the Bonner Program through the Provost Service Learning Scholarship. Thanks to the Honors College for the world-class academic opportunities and tight-knit community provided to students. Most importantly, thanks to our directors–Dr. Andrew Hamilton, Prof. Alison Leland, and Dr. Douglas Erwing–for their guidance and tireless dedication to students.
In the next two years, we will grow to become the biggest service learning program in the country and continue to expand our successful projects to others in the community. We are looking forward to bigger and better achievements to come!