A.L.B.I.O.N. Fellows

The Build Albion Fellows stand behind a sign that reads, Together we can change the World.

Albion College Bonner Program is proud to become the first in Michigan to join over 60 campuses nationwide who have made a commitment to civic engagement. Once, the Build Albion Fellows, the A.L.B.I.O.N. Fellows true to its roots, is composed of 40 students who are also residents of the community of Albion. All fellows have a long standing history of community engagement and receive a scholarship to continue the great work they have committed to. We honor both Albion and the Bonner Network with our new name A.lbion-Bonner L.eaders B.uilding I.nitiative by O.bliging our N.eighborhoods.

Albion College’s A.L.B.I.O.N. Fellows program is intended to strengthen the bonds between the College and its host community by providing a college education and meaningful work experience for local students, while also benefiting the community through student service.

What does that mean? Each year up to 10 students from the Greater Albion area will be offered the opportunity to serve as a A.L.B.I.O.N. Fellow. These students will be provided with tuition, housing and meals for four years in exchange for working in and serving the Albion community.


The mission of the A.L.B.I.O.N. Fellows is to make a positive, productive, and collaborative impact on the Albion community by dedicating their open minds and hearts to an education that exists both inside and outside the classroom and providing meaningful acts of service, big and small, to local individuals, businesses, and organizations that call Albion their home.

Our A.L.B.I.O.N. Fellows will be dedicated to:

  • Serving their community
  • Success in academics
  • Leadership Development
  • Creating meaningful change

Frequently Asked Questions

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Through sustained partnerships with colleges and congregations, the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity.


  • Believes that colleges and congregations have vital roles to play in society in nurturing and mobilizing thoughtful, caring, and diverse leadership dedicated to community service

  • Recognizes that often the best way to help someone is to give them the opportunity to help themselves, and that the people best able to address a problem are the people whom it most directly affects

  • Recognizes that effective community service programs involve all stakeholders in their leadership

  • Creates innovative programs that have the potential to serve as models for the field


  • Civic Engagement: exploring and participating intentionally in multiple forms and dimensions of engagement including service, political engagement, social action, and public policy

  • Community Building: creating and sustaining a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and shared interests

  • Diversity: respecting the many different dimensions of personal and group identities (such as class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical and mental ability) and creating opportunities to dialogue and learn across them

  • International Perspective: developing international and global understanding that enable individuals to participate successfully in an increasingly interconnected world, appreciate and transcend national boundaries

  • Social Justice: understand and advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equity in addressing systemic social and environmental issues

  • Spiritual Exploration: reflect on and explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual and ethical practices and values of others

  • Wellness: nurturing the development, resilience, thriving and sustenance of the whole person and of communities

Program Details

Students who are eligible for tuition remission under other Albion programs are not eligible.

  1. Live within the former Albion Public Schools district
  2. Admitted to Albion College as a first-year student
  3. File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  4. Full Pell Grant eligibility
  5. Must show involvement in the community of Albion

If you do not fully meet the qualification requirements, you may still be eligible, given that enrollment space is available. Please contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about your eligibility.

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During the summer before the first semester, you will participate in a short retreat. You will engage with campus, faculty, and staff and be introduced to the program that will shape the next four years—and the rest of your life! For approximately 20-25 hours per week, you will participate in community service, weekly meetings, project development, leadership training, and on-and-off-campus networking.

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During the academic year, a 1/4 unit academic course reserved specifically for Fellows provides structure and support for effective service and community engagement. Fellows will participate in a project-based model of service to the community, and dedicated faculty and staff will guide you and work alongside you. The course will challenge you to think about leadership and community building from different perspectives. We are committed to helping you navigate and change the world around you. As you grow and learn over the course of 4 years, your responsibility and leadership in service will increase. We strongly encourage Fellows to participate in clubs and organizations and take on leadership roles as part of their Albion College experience.

How to Apply

Application Process

Important Dates for 2021-22

  1. Apply to Albion College and be accepted.
  2. File your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3.  Set up a meeting with Skip Zabel, Associate Director of Student Financial Services at 517/629-0440.
  4. Complete the Build Albion Fellows application.
  5. Interview with the members of the Build Albion Fellows committee.

Apply to Albion College

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Albion College Application Due
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: FAFSA filed
  • Monday, February 21, 2022: Deadline to meet with Skip Zabel
  • Monday, March 14, 2022: Build Albion Fellows application due to the College Admission Office by 5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1, 2022: Fellows Interviews
  • Monday, April 18, 2022: Deadline to respond to Fellows offer

Internship Forms

  • Mandy Dubiel

    Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management

    Email: adubiel@albion.edu
    Phone: 517-629-0600