For many of our Bonner Community Scholars, the service they provide to the community during their undergraduate years greatly shapes their plans for the future. Whether tutoring in a Trenton elementary school sparks a passion for urban education, or serving at Habitat for Humanity leads to a full-time position after graduation, several alumni now live in the capital and work for non profit or public agencies.
In addition, each year a few graduating seniors are hired to serve as full- or part-time staff members at the TCNJ Bonner Institute. These AmeriCorps members extend their Bonner careers to a fifth year of service and further develop their skills while linking the campus to the community. Currently, three of the Bonner Institute’s staff members are alumni of the Bonner Scholars program.
The TCNJ Bonner Almuni network has grown significantly over the past several years as over five classes of Scholars have graduated and entered the professional world. Alumni are encouraged to return for community engaged learning days, share their talents to support class-based projects, and take a leadership role in the Institute’s annual Servathon Initiative.
Nicole Thompson, Bonner Scholar Class of 2014
Nicole has been accepted to the prestigious internship program with the Academy of Televisions, Arts, and Science, also know as the Emmy’s Foundation, to work on Movies for Television out in Hollywood, CA. For more information on the program, visit http://www.emmysfoundation.org/internship-programs.
Regina Zick, Bonner Scholar Class of 2014
After graduating from TCNJ in just three years, Regina will serve as a full-time AmeriCorps member with the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, LA. The St. Bernard Project is a longtime partner of the Bonner Institute, as first year Bonner Scholars work closely with the organization during their service trip to New Orleans in January each year.
Desiree Aviles, Bonner Scholar Class of 2013
Desiree began working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City at the end of August 2013.
Evan Bernat, Bonner Scholar Class of 2013
Evan was accepted to the Bank of America in the Corporate Audit Analyst Program (CAAP). The two year rotational program provides young professional with experience auditing different lines of business at Bank of America. Evan is the second TCNJ Bonner Scholar to take part in this program.
Randolph Portugal, Bonner Scholar Class of 2012
Randy was hired by Bonner Community Partner, El Centro de Recursos para Familias, as its Community Outward Reach Counselor. Randy worked with El Centro to maintain a strong relationship with the Bonner Institute and The College of New Jersey. Randy has since been hired by the Administration for Children and Families as the Bilingual Family Social Worker with Head Start.
Teresa Couto, Bonner Scholar Class of 2012
Teresa was awarded the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship. Teresa submitted a winning essay explaining how her experiences and skills exemplify Dr. King’s legacy of civic engagement. Teresa is now a Nursing Assistant at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Katherine Avila, Bonner Scholar Class of 2012
Katherine was accepted into the competitive Teach for America program, dedicated to providing low-income students with successful educations. Katherine is working for Teach for America in Washington, DC, and is entering the second year of her service. For more information on Teach for America, please click here.
Rana Shariatdoust, Bonner Scholar Class of 2012
Rana was accepted into the competitive Teach for America program, dedicated to providing low-income students with successful educations. Rana successfully completed her Teach for America term in Philadelphia, PA, and received her Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan Gale, Bonner Scholar Class of 2012
Ryan was accepted into and successfully completed the Master of Science in Criminology program at the University of Pennsylvania upon graduating from TCNJ.
Victoria Thompson, Bonner Scholar Class of 2012
Victoria successfully participated in the Exchange Student Program at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. Please visit the following link for an exclusive interview with Victoria about her experiences: Victoria Thompson – Exchange Student, The College of New Jersey, USA
Alex Berger, Bonner Scholar Class of 2011
Alex was accepted into the competitive Teach for America program, dedicated to providing low-income students with successful educations. After a year of serving with TFA, Alex found employment with American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, DC as a lobbyist.
Esther Brahmi, Bonner Scholar Class of 2010
Esther now works as a community partner after being hired by Isles, Inc. to help run their YouthBuild Institute program. For more information about the program, click here.
Ashley Rodriguez, Bonner Scholar Class of 2010
Ashley now works as a community partner after being hired by the GGrant94ft, Inc Academic Basketball Academy. For more information on this tutoring and life-skills training non-profit, click here.
Neil Hartmann, Jr., Bonner Scholar Class of 2008
Neil was hired by Bonner Community Partner, Isles YouthBuild. Isles Youthbuild provides an alternative education and youth development experience to 18-25 year old residents, most of whom were previously out of school. Located near the Battle Monument and the Henry J. Austin Health Clinic, Youthbuild offers high school classes, GED classes, life-skills sessions, personal counseling, construction skills training and much more. Neil is now working as a Construction Manager with the Youth Action Programs and Homes YouthBuild program in East Harlem. For more information about Youth Action, click here.
Morgan Tylus, Bonner Scholar Class of 2008
After working at the Bonner Center following graduation, Morgan became Bonner Community Partner as Director of Operations at Visitation Home, Inc., a residential home for adults with developmental disabilities.