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An Office of Campus Life & Leadership


We are so pumped that you are interested in attending SPARC this year! SPARC stands for Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community. During the week, you will get to know your new community through service, learning about the issues our community faces, and meeting community partners that work regularly with Wake Forest students. If you have been dedicated to service or have a passion for service that you hope to explore in college, this program is for you!

The Program

The program is organized through the Division of Campus Life. In addition to staff support, three seniors who have served as both SPARCies and SPARC leaders are chosen to Coordinate. This year’s coordinators are awesome and are great role models for what service leadership looks like on campus. In addition to the coordinators there are 15 upper class service leaders who serve as mentors. We accept 48-72 participants depending on the number of applicants. You will be placed in a small group with a few other first-year students and a mentor.  The mentor will lead you in your service activities but will also be there to answer any questions you have about Wake, particularly about getting involved on campus.  You’ll get to know your group really well but you’ll also have the opportunity to get to know other participants in the program through big group service projects, evening reflections, and social activities.

The Schedule

Move-in for SPARC is on Sunday, August 17th at which point you will move in to your residence hall assignment for the 2014-2015 school year.  The week begins with a great afternoon of teambuilding games where you will start to get to know your fellow SPARCies. For the remainder of the week the schedule will be pretty constant. You’ll wake up early, meet your group and go off to you service placements. You’ll have a placement in the morning and the afternoon, with lunch at a local student favorite restaurant in between. In the evenings you will return to campus for reflection and then we will all eat out and go on a social outing to help you get to know your new city even better. In the past social activities have included bowling, costumed rollerskating and a baseball game.

This year, SPARC’s service projects are divided into three main issue areas: Environmental Conservation, Hunger & Homelessness, and Youth Empowerment. We chose the issue areas because of their relevance to the needs of the Winston-Salem community and their relationship to the areas in which Wake students commonly serve. A coordinator will lead each of the areas. On your application we will ask you to identify which area(s) you would like to pursue.

The Program finishes on the morning of Thursday, August 21st just as Orientation is beginning.  There are no SPARC activities following the morning session which will finish around 10:30am.  After the conclusion of the morning session, you will start the excitement of Orientation.  Some SPARCies’ parents come with them at the beginning of the week, some wait and come during orientation, and some come for both: it is all up to you!

The Application 

The SPARC application is available now online.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 16th so if you are worried about getting a spot or you want to make your plans early, go ahead and apply!  Once you are accepted, you will need to submit your $300 participation fee to confirm your spot.  Please allow at least a week after submission to hear back about your acceptance. If you have any questions about the SPARC  application process or program, you can contact Shelley Sizemore at

Paying for SPARC

The $300 fee for SPARC covers all program activities, early move-in fees, transportation, and food for the program dates.  Limited financial aid is available for students for which the program fee would be a financial burden.  Students in need of financial aid should indicate so on their applications.  There are two ways that accepted students may pay for the program.  No payment is required to apply.

Pay by Check: Checks should be made out to Wake Forest University with the student’s name in the subject line and mailed the the address below:

SPARC c/o Shelley Sizemore
Office of Campus Life
Box 7526
Winston Salem, NC

Pay by Wire Transfer: Wire Transfers can be sent using the peerTransfer Service.

Wake Forest University has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the payment process for those paying from bank accounts located outside of the U.S. With peerTransfer, you can pay from any country and any bank.  You are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases). You will also be able to track where your payment is in the transfer process via a student dashboard and an email confirmation will be sent to you when your payment is received by the school.

In order to identify where wire proceeds are to be applied, please include the following information:

  • Full name of student
  • Student ID number (if available)
  • Please select “OTHER” under “Payment Type” and enter “SPARC” to the comment

To begin the process, please click here.

For questions, please contact PeerTransfer at:



SPARC is a great opportunity to serve others while growing life-long friendships. We hope you will apply to participate in SPARC 2014!