We know that our members are campus leaders, and we look to them to be engaged, contributing members of our Chapters. We have heard from some Chapter leaders about how inspiring and productive the Ignatian-focused leadership conferences are and how students network with other university leaders at these conferences. However, we also know that our universities can only fund a certain number of students to attend.
When a member donor approached us for a funding idea, we knew we wanted to help our student members attend these conferences. Thanks to funding from the Blessed Francis X. Seelos, C.Ss.R, Fund, Alpha Sigma Nu announces the Seelos Grant, founded to promote Ignatian-inspired student leadership. The Seelos Grants remove financial barriers to student AΣN members who wish to participate in these Ignatian leadership programs. The Grants provide funding for student members to attend with the intention that they enhance their skills as Chapter and campus leaders, change-makers, and Jesuit collaborators. Student members can apply for a grant to cover the costs of programs in line with the mission of AΣN. Grants may cover conference fees, room and board, and transportation. See the application for more information.
The 2023 grants will fund attendance at the following conferences:
Ignatian Justice Summit: John Carroll University, July 18-21st. Deepen your skills as advocates, organizers, and educators for ecological and migration justice. Take part in 4 days of networking; sharing goals, challenges, and best practices; sharpening organizing/advocacy skills; praying and learning about the Ignatian call to work for justice; and committing to taking coordinated, collaborative action returning to campus. Brings together students from Jesuit and other Catholic universities who are passionate about driving change for more socially just local and global communities. The program provides formation in the areas of leadership, social justice, and Ignatian spirituality.
National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference: College of Holy Cross, July 26-30th. Gathers student leaders from various Jesuit schools and universities together to examine current student issues and explore ways to address them, strengthen leadership skills, and discover how to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition.
Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice: Washington, D.C. October 28-30th. The annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family- Jesuit Institutions and larger church- to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together.
Magis 2023: Portugal and Spain, July 22-31st. MAGIS is the world meeting organized by the Society of Jesus, which brings together young people from the Ignatian Family aged between 18 and 35, from all over the world. All travel expenses are covered if accepted. We are no longer accepting applications for Magis 2023 (FULL).
We are now accepting applications! Registration for the Teach-in historically closes early so register soon! You can find the grant application, including more information about applying, what expenses the grant covers, eligibility, and expectations of attendance on the website. We are able to award a limited number of grants. If you are interested in these conferences, apply early.
The Seelos Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. All applications are reviewed by the AΣN staff and members of the Board of Directors.