Point Park University is pleased to announce that Madyson Christie has been selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of Bonner Leaders. The Bonner Leader program, launched this fall, provides up to 10 incoming students an opportunity for service, scholarship, and professional development, through community-based work. Each Bonner Leader is granted a $3,000 annual award as well as paid travel opportunities for service learning and conference attendance intended to provide access to education and the opportunity to serve. Through federal work study funding, students in the program are assigned to a local nonprofit organization rather than an on-campus job. Throughout their four years at the University, their relationship and role with their nonprofit partner will grow.
In addition to their service, Bonner students engage in weekly trainings on leadership development and social justice topics in an effort to encourage students to become aware of how the problems and issues of their communities influence their service work and public policy.
The Bonner Program, offered at over 65 colleges around the country, is designed to transform not only the students who are directly supported by the program, but also the campus and community in which they serve and learn. Bonner students emerge from their college experience with a greater understanding of communities and the problems that exist within them, as well as the skills and commitment to be effective in community problem-solving efforts.
The Bonner Leaders cohort is made up of diverse, passionate students ready to engage in the world through service. Madyson is a 2022 graduate Chambersburg Area Career Magnet School and is pursuing a degree in History in the School of Arts & Sciences at Point Park. Her community partner is The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC).
“Madyson is a great addition to the AWAACC team and we are happy to have her. Her interest in history, specifically museum history is a quality we are looking for at the center. She is very personable and an overall positive person. She is willing to help in all departments and assist where needed. Our hope is to work with Madyson to assist us with creating a docent program that will infuse the history of August Wilson, the AWAACC, and the Pittsburgh area,” said Cathryn Calhoun, Senior Ticketing Operations and Patron Services Manager, August Wilson African American Cultural Center
The Bonner Leaders Program is sponsored by the Department of Community Engagement & Leadership, part of the Rowland School of Business. “We are so thrilled to welcome this dedicated and engaged cohort of students to the Bonner program. The commitment they have to making their community a better place to live, learn and thrive is inspiring,” said Dr. Heather Starr Fiedler, Department Chair, Community Engagement & Leadership. “We look forward to seeing them grow as leaders over the next four years.”