Inside Linfield - Community Engagement

Ignite: Fuel the fire for change

Ignite is a pre-orientation program that offers students the opportunity to learn about social issues and collaborate with community partners to enact change through service. The Ignite program offers three specific tracks focusing on different social issues: Community Health, Environmental Sustainability, and Hunger & Homelessness.

Ignite 2020 Why Ignite?

  • Learn about social issues affecting our communities
  • Take action through service to address these issues
  • Make friends with a diverse group of other first year students
  • Meet and be mentored by Linfield returning student leaders
  • Explore campus! Learn about resources and offerings at Linfield
  • Discover and explore the McMinnville community

What will I be doing?

  • We are currently planning for our summer 2021 Ignite program and will update details of specific service projects and activites soon so stay tuned! 


What does the program cost?

To participate, a $100 program fee to hold your spot is required. All other expenses are covered! This includes housing, three meals a day, transportation during the program, and all program activities. Scholarships are available for students with financial need. If you are accepted, you will be notified of where to send your deposit.

How can I get a scholarship application?

Request an application from CE Program Assistant Elise Martin (; scholarship applications are due when program applications are due.

Where will participants live during the week?

Students will move directly into their Fall housing assignment on that first Friday of the program. Students will not have to move again.

When will applicants be notified?

Applicants will be notified via email at the beginning of July as to whether they have been accepted into the program. At that time, we will let you know where to send your deposit, as well as provide you with schedule details, when to arrive, and other information.  Please do not make your travel arrangements prior to receiving notification of your acceptance.

I am an athlete, can I apply to participate?

New students who are trying out for athletics for fall sports or marching band at Linfield are not able to participate in this program due to conflicting schedules.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about the program or about your application, please contact Elise Martin at