Ivy Tech Indianapolis is seeking new applicants for its Ignite program to support independent first-year students enrolled at the Ivy Tech Indianapolis campus and the Lawrence satellite location. The program offers a unique support system, including a bridge program called "Spark Week,” mentoring, and financial assistance of up to $1,500 annually.

Billie Marcheva, the Ignite Program Coordinator, emphasized the inclusive and supportive environment that Ignite provides students. 

"We create an inclusive and accepting environment where students are encouraged to discover their unique motivations and passions in college and beyond. We teach interdependence and collaboration to promote living in accordance with one's values," Marcheva said.

One shining example of the Ignite program's success is Kimberlyn Hernandez SanJuan, who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and hard work. Despite juggling two jobs and full-time studies while supporting her family, Kim has achieved a remarkable 4.0 GPA. Her mentor praises her selflessness and commitment to others, highlighting her embodiment of humanitarianism and compassionate leadership. Kim's story is a testament to the transformative power of the Ignite program, inspiring and encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.

"The program is more like a family, receiving me with open arms and willing to help by offering their resources, which was meaningful for me. Thank you for all your support, Ignite!” SanJuan said, sharing her gratitude for the Ignite program. 

Kimberlyn Hernandez SanJuan

The Ignite program is specifically designed for independent first-year students under the age of 26 who have experienced challenges such as foster care, housing insecurity or homelessness, emancipation, legal guardianship, or independently caring for dependents.

For those who meet the criteria and could benefit from the support offered by the Ignite program, Ivy Tech Indianapolis encourages them to apply and take advantage of the resources and community available to help them succeed in their educational journey.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply by filling out this application. There is no deadline, as applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with new Ignite Scholars entering the program every Fall and Spring semester.

If you know of a student eligible to join Ignite, you can refer them by filling out the referral form

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.