Thank You Thursdays

Thank You Thursdays

Unparalleled opportunities come from unparalleled generosity. Friends of UChicago go the extra mile every day to make sure our students can thrive and flourish. We are grateful for their support.

Thank you to Lisa and Steve Bonner for all that you do to enhance the student experience at UChicago. You have generously shared your time, money, and advice to increase access to the College, help students find meaningful careers, and ensure that all students can take advantage of top-quality experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We are deeply grateful for your participation in the Alumni Board Externship Program and Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, your support for Study Abroad and the Odyssey Scholarship, and for your service on the College Visiting Committee and the Dean’s Parent and Family Council.

The Office of Enrollment & Student Advancement (ESA) is home to College Admissions, Financial Aid, and Career Advancement. We work together to support UChicago students at every stage of their academic career, from the moment they begin their college application to the moment they begin their post-graduation career. Our goal is to bring the world’s most talented students to UChicago, provide them with the resources they need to take full advantage of everything the University has to offer, and guide them to meaningful and fulfilling post-graduation pursuits.

Week of June 8, 2017
Lisa & Steve Bonner
Lisa & Steve Bonner, P'11, P'17
UChicago Parents

Chicago, IL

Lisa and Steve Bonner first joined the UChicago community in 2007—and they were deeply involved from the very beginning!

The Bonners were among the first members of the Dean’s Parent and Family Council, a group of UChicago parents who support the College and serve as boosters and advisers for the University. For nearly a decade, Lisa and Steve have shared their talents on the Council and encouraged other parents to get involved with University programming. The Bonners served as co-chairs of the Council during the 2010-2011 academic year, and Lisa has also generously volunteered her time with the Visiting Committee on the College and Student Activities, a group of dedicated parents, alumni, and Trustees who help the College create the best possible experience for students.

In addition to their leadership in the UChicago community, the Bonners have also worked directly with students to help them achieve their career goals. For many years, Steve has hosted UChicago students for “externship” job shadow experiences at his company, where students had the opportunity to explore daily life in their field of interest, rapidly expand their network, and receive mentorship and advice from experienced professionals. Steve has also hired UChicago interns through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which helps students gain the skills and experience they need to thrive in a competitive job market.

Lisa and Steve have also provided philanthropic gifts that have helped students of all backgrounds access the College’s transformative education and Study Abroad experiences. The Bonners have generously supported the Odyssey Scholarship, which allows all talented students to come to the College regardless of their financial status. Lisa and Steve also established the Bonner Family Fund for International Education, which has enhanced the University’s impactful Study Abroad programs in Paris.

Lisa and Steve, thank you both for your continued leadership: UChicago and our students are so lucky to have you as their champions!