Since 1989, the Foundation has worked with colleges and universities to support students to attend college and to be active and involved in community service while in school. In the first few years, 22 schools were identified to participate in this service-based scholarship known as the Bonner Scholars Program. Now at 27 schools
, this program supports more than 1,500 students annually to be actively involved in community service and social justice issues. Each school supports a director and a coordinator who oversee the general operations of the Bonner Program and has between 20 and 100 Bonner Scholars. Since its inception more than 2,100 students have graduated from the program.