Facts and Criteria

What is the SPARK grant?

Beginning in January 2018, a grant of $1500 can help cover undergraduate student costs for an unpaid or underpaid summer internship, study abroad, or summer research. 

What's the name mean?

SPARK = Students Pursuing Academic and Real-world Knowledge. SPARK is intended to help make possible great opportunities that can spark learning, growth, and connections that can be life-enriching, door-opening, and career-enhancing.

Who is eligible?

  • First-time undergraduate students within 24 months of your start date at Nazareth
  • Transfer undergraduate students within 12 months of your start date at Nazareth
  • GPA of 2.5 or greater when your application is approved (or permission granted by application committee)
  • You must have an active planning process established with your career coach
  • Students must be registered for the semester following their SPARK experience

When can it used?

  • Internship: May through August (summer only)
  • Study abroad with Nazareth-connected programs: Anytime (within the eligibility timeframe)

Can this include summer research?

Yes, if it is sponsored or supervised by a faculty member or researcher with expertise in the field and is conducted during the summer.

Are there other benefits to the SPARK grant?

  • If you are doing a summer internship or research supported by a SPARK Grant, you can live on campus for a nominal fee.
  • You can receive up to three credit(s) for a summer internship or study abroad experience (within the eligibility time frame) at no charge.

How do I apply for the SPARK grant?

  • Apply through your career coach in the Center for Life's Work or through the Center for International Education.
    • For a summer internship SPARK grant, apply beginning on March 1
    • For a study abroad SPARK grant, apply by three months prior to departure. (Inquire with Nazareth's Center for International Education beginning January 1, 2018.) 
  • You must agree to submit all required materials associated with your SPARK grant learning objectives:
    • Supervisor provides clear description of the experience (or student and supervisor can co-create) including a defined beginning and end date
    • Site vetted/approved as meeting Nazareth standards for experiential learning
    • Experience must be supervised by a professional with expertise in the field who is willing to provide routine feedback
    • Student is able to articulate the academic or professional significance of the experience
Nick Napoli at BMG

Grant Helped Nick Napoli '18

A SPARK Grant enabled this music/business major to pay for commuting to a great internship in Manhattan. Read about Nick Napoli's experience.

Juniors and Seniors

If you're not eligible for a SPARK Grant, talk to your career coach about whether there may be other sources of funding available.