Striving Against the Cycle of Poverty
Strive For College and The UH Bonner Leaders program present three things that you need to know in order to maximize poverty alleviation.
by Chloe Stowell
Sophomore UH Bonner Leader
1) The Facts
Each year 400,000 low-income students graduate high school qualified for college but do not enroll. As a result, colleges take in more students from wealthier backgrounds. Public high schools often only have 1 college counselor for every 1,000 students. College graduates earn nearly $1 million dollars more in their lifetime than individuals with only a high school diploma.
2) The Problem
Due to the lack of advising and parental guidance, academically qualified, low-income, students don’t apply to college. These students are often children of parents who never went to college. They grow up thinking college is impossible and too expensive. In response, they don’t go to college and end up working menial jobs … Read More »
Over Spring Break 2014, Team Bonner took a trip to Padre Island National Seashore in south Texas. Instead of partying, Bonners cleaned up the barrier-island beaches. While there, the group of friends learned a lot about service, the hidden natural beauties that Texas has to offer, and how much impact a group of people can have on the environment–both good and bad. According to Bonner Louie Marquez, “Not only was it an incredible learning and bonding experience, it helped us find out how to conduct even better service learning in future years.”
Bonner Leaders joined the 6th Annual Port Mansfield beach cleanup organized by Kathie Bassler to provide some much needed peoplepower to the cause, which last year removed more than twenty tons of trash from the beach. According to Bonner Director Andrew Hamilton’s pre-trip letter, “that’s approximately the weight of … Read More »
Bonner Leaders Program: Finding Promising Future Leaders
As a student in the General Business 2301 class at the University of Houston, I was given the opportunity to either choose a corporate case project or an ethics case project for a semester project. I chose to be involved in the “Innovate UH” corporate case project, which involved the creation and implementation of the Bonner Leaders Program for the University of Houston. One of the aspects of the project is to go into different high schools and do focus groups to gather information about what students are looking for in a program like Bonner and how we can make the program itself better.
My group’s sponsor for the project (through the University of Houston), Dr. Larry Hill, “hooked us up” with the High School for Engineering Professions program at Booker T. Washington High School … Read More »
Students may apply for Bonner Leaders if they meet the following criteria:
Accepted for admission to both the University of Houston and the Honors College at the University of Houston
Completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Eligible for Federal Work-Study
The deadline for applications for the 2013-2014 academic year is March 18, 2013. Late applications will not be considered.
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