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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


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