Spark Innovation Award Winners, 2015

The Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Award is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students that are pursuing a social venture idea.



Applications accepted quarterly October 15, 2017 – December 15, 2017 – February 15, 2018 – May 1, 2018



Students are eligible for up to $2,500 per academic year over the course of their studies to move their ideas forward.

The Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Award is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students that are pursuing a social venture idea. Students are eligible for up to $2,500 per academic year to move their ideas forward. Students must be able to articulate how the funding will help them reach their next growth milestone. Examples may include:

  • Determining the appropriate legal structure for your venture
  • Printing and testing marketing materials
  • Buying supplies to prototype a product
  • Testing a service you aim to offer

Student learning is a critical part of the award process. As such, all awardees must demonstrate their ability to learn from data and feedback, both in failure and success. All students who receive an Alvarez Spark Innovation Award must complete this form  and a series of blog posts to demonstrate the impact of their award. Additionally, awardees must have at least one mentor, who is a faculty member, staff, or community member, depending on the proposed project’s needs.


To be eligible for a Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Fund Award, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in classes part-time or full-time at the time of application
  • Be in good standing with Tulane University
  • Have completed all of the application requirements

Proposal Requirements

The full application requires the components described below. Links include examples, resources, or templates to use while developing your proposal:

  1. A one-page resume for all official team members
  2. One reference from a faculty, staff, or community member that is mentoring the applicant during this process.
  3. A 2-3 page proposal that includes the following:
    1. Your idea and the problem you are solving
    2. A description of the specific component you would like to test
    3. A timeline for completing the project
    4. A description of how you plan to capture and share you results and process, including any failures or successes
  4. An itemized budget & funding request using the Taylor Award Budget Worksheet
  5. Acknowledgement of the Student Contract
  6. Completed W-9

Application Deadline & Selection Process

All applications are due at 11:59 PM CT on the date of deadlines in order to guarantee review and selection. Students that submit the application on time will be notified of funding decisions within 7 business days of submission deadline. Taylor Center staff, faculty, and colleagues will review all application materials and make awards based on criteria established in the award description. We reserve the right to accept or deny candidates based on the award criteria.


Congratulations on your award! Your next steps are to:

1) Fill out the Victor C. Alvarez Follow-Up Form

2) Post 1-2 blogs about your experience on Taylor Hub and 3 photos to Instagram. Follow these instructions to write and post your blog.

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