Application: Hunger Fellows

Online 2018-19 application form
Read the information below before submitting an online application form.


The Bonner Hunger Fellows program was created in December 1999 as a way to honor the ongoing work of Corella and Bertram Bonner and their commitment to helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity. Since its activation in 1989, the Foundation has become one of the nation’s largest privately funded service scholarship programs and a philanthropic leader in the anti-hunger movement.

The Bonner Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in scholarship to more than 2,500 students at 25 colleges including Guilford. Over the years the Bonner Foundation has funded scholarships for 80 Guilford students and has supported and encouraged our development of a strong campus-wide service program.

Over the last seven years, the Bonner Foundation’s Crisis Ministry Program has provided $10 million in grants to thousands of religious, community-based hunger relief programs across the country. The Bonner Hunger Fellows program brings together the two interests of Corella and Bertram Bonner for college students to organize and to do anti-hunger work.

Program Summary 

Two Hunger Fellows are selected by a competitive process to serve during the coming academic year. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. Bonner Scholars are not eligible to apply. A Fellow receives a $4,000 award. A Fellow is selected based on their demonstrated commitment to community issues, ability to initiate and complete projects, and interest in the issues of hunger and sustainable food systems. Fellows work under the direction of Bonner staff.

• The award is prestigious and carries substantial responsibilities.
• The Fellow will receive a $4,000 fellowship, half applied to the tuition and the remaining paid directly to the student in four checks (4 X $500), two per semester.
• The award is for one academic year, but Fellows are eligible to re-apply for a second year.

• A Fellow can be removed from their position should Bonner staff determine work is not being completed satisfactorily.

What do Hunger Fellows do?
Hunger Fellows at Guilford College carry a long and proud history of community work and engagement. Connecting serious problems of hunger, food insecurity, sustainability, poverty, access, homelessness have been the core work of Hunger Fellows. Educating and involving students and community members to solve problems has been their legacy. Hunger Fellows have innovated and overseen many projects such as Community Kitchens, a campus Farmers Market, campus pantry, a mobile market, farm harvests, food drives and other activities. Each year Fellows create a series of events and activities designed to engage the campus in food awareness.

A Hunger Fellow...
• cannot be a Bonner Scholar
• reports to the Bonner Coordinator
• works with Bonner staff

• reports 140 hours total per semester (47 hours must be performed off-campus with an approved local nonprofit)
• must attend Premester and complete  

• must attend monthly coordinator meetings
• must keep accurate records of volunteer hours.
• must document work and progress of the site.
• must participate in the Community Service Institute.
• must present at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium