SPARC (Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community) is a weeklong service-oriented pre-orientation program for first-year students, or SPARCies. This year, the program will take place from August 18-22, 2018.

During the week, SPARCies get to know the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem communities through service and evening outings; learn about issues facing the Winston-Salem community; and meet with community partners that work regularly with Wake Forest students.

Participants are accepted on a rolling basis until July 15, 2018. Once accepted, SPARCies will be placed in a small group with a mentor for the week.

Program Information

Application Deadline: July 15, 2018
Move-in: August 18, 2018
Program: August 18-22, 2018


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 15th.  Please allow at least a week after submission to hear back about your acceptance. To log-in to complete the application on The Link, please sign into your gmail account.


Once you are accepted, you are required to submit a $350.00 participation fee. The fee covers all program activities, early move-in fees, transportation, and food for the program dates.  

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

SPARC c/o Brad Shugoll
Pro Humanitate Institute
Box 7526
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem, NC 27109

Wire Transfer

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. 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 visit

For questions, please contact PeerTransfer at:

Financial Aid
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; we seek to provide funding for all participants.  There are two ways that accepted students may pay for the program.  No payment is required to apply.

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