IGNITE Program

What is IGNITE?

IGNITE means to start a flame or to cause something to catch fire. That is what this program is meant to do!

IGNITE helps students whose identities have historically had systemic barriers in higher education succeed by offering a community and support services to get through college and graduate!

When you join IGNITE, you‘ll have access to multiple resources such as an academic advisor housed in the DEIC, a peer mentor, and an entire community committed to helping you succeed!

Are you Eligible?

  1. To join the program, you must be a current or newly admitted student seeking a two-year degree or certificate.


  2. Identify with at least one of the following below:
    • Are a first-generation student, meaning your parents did not earn a Bachelor’s (four-year) degree
    • Filed your FAFSA/ WASFA and are eligible for a PellGrant
    • Have a documented disability on file with SPSCC Access Services
    • Identify as a student of color
    • Identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community

    *At this time, international students are not eligible for the Ignite Program.

How do you apply for IGNITE?

How to Stay Eligible in IGNITE?

  1. Students must attend 2 quarterly community forums.
  2. Students within their first 45 college-level credits must be enrolled in the peer mentor program.
    In this program, you will communicate with your peer mentor bi-weekly by phone, email, text, or in-person.
  3. Complete a Financial Aid application every academic year.*
    *Does not apply to Running Start students

What resources are available in this program?

  • Intentional Community
  • Educational Planner housed in the DEIC
  • Financial Aid Advisor
  • Peer Mentor
  • Loaner Laptop (if needed and available as there are a limited number)
  • Quarterly Textbook Support
  • $500 scholarship (once you complete 45 college-level credits, in the program)
  • Hardship grants
  • Early registration for classes
  • Access to the Student of Color Conference
  • Workshops about identity development, and life/academic skills (how to believe in your abilities, how to advocate for yourself, how to study…)

Application Deadlines

We accept applications on an ongoing basis.