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Create Your Own Project

Your liberal arts education provides you with the intellectual tools to identify problems and to devise solutions. Now we want to see what you can do with these tools — solve problems, create knowledge, and put your Jesuit background to work. 

The Ignite Fund

The Ignite Fund is Holy Cross’ way of saying, in the words of Ignatius, “go, set the world on fire.” Starting in 2017, Holy Cross invites students to “set the world on fire” by providing them with funds to match their questions to the world’s needs. 

At Holy Cross, we believe that a liberal arts degree prepares you to do good work in the world. Many times you just need the resources create knowledge and to put scholarship into action. If you’ve been thinking about ways you want to make a difference after graduation, why not start thinking about how you can start making a difference now?

Here’s How We Help Turn Your Idea Into a Reality

Project-Based Learning Fellowships

Ignite Project-Based Learning Fellowships provide students with the opportunity to put the knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom into practice. We fund student-designed, student-implemented projects designed to put the Jesuit principles you’ve absorbed during your time at Holy Cross to work. If you have a big idea that you’d like to see put to the test, a project you’ve been working on that needs more resources to implement, a need in your community that you’d like to meet, or a skill or talent that you think can help others, the Ignite Fund can help you make it happen now.

Funds to Support Your Research

Holy Cross students don’t just learn from world-class researchers — they conduct their own research. And just as faculty needs resources to make their work happen, student researchers need funds to help their work take shape. The Ignite Fund provides equipment, access fees, books, software, and more, to students interested in creating new knowledge. 

Start It All With a Launchpad

Good ideas don’t happen on their own. Sometimes you need community partners, fellow students, faculty and staff to get a good idea rolling. The Ignite Fund promotes good projects and good scholarship by building communities around project themes. If you are interested in talking through your ideas with others, contact the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World to hold a Launchpad session.


Applying for the Ignite Fund is easy through the College’s Application Portal »

The application deadlines for Fall 2020 are October 7th and December 2nd. The deadline for Spring 2021 will be announced at a later date.

Please note that if you are thinking about developing a program that involves bringing minors (children under the age of 18) to campus, the Safety of Children in College Programs policy and procedures must be followed. To learn more, please contact Denielle Burl, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer.