IGNITE launched in Texas in 2011 thanks to a grant from the Boone Family Foundation. Today we train young women at high schools, colleges, and universities across the state of Texas. We administer high school programming, work with students to organize college chapters, connect young women with our elected network, and host an annual political leadership conference.

IGNITE has College Councils in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio regions made up of politically motivated college women who want to build their own leadership skills and bring the IGNITE program to their campuses. Each Council meets regularly to discuss relevant policy issues, learn from dynamic elected officials, develop political leadership skills, and build a network to support their ambitions for civic and political leadership. 

Scholarship Opportunity

The Merriott J. Terry IGNITE in Texas Scholarship Fund is named in honor of the founding Executive Director of IGNITE in Texas, Merriott J. Terry. The scholarship serves to assist college women interested in furthering their education to ultimately serve their community as an elected official or in other public service offices. Two scholarships of up to $1000 are available to qualified applicants.

Scholarship Application

K12 Programs

  • Brookhaven Early College High School
  • East Early College High School
  • Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • KIPP Houston High School
  • KIPP Northeast College Preparatory Academy High School
  • KIPP Sunnyside High School
  • MacArthur High School
  • Royse City High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Sunset High School
  • Uplift Summit International Preparatory
  • Ursuline Academy
  • YES Prep Gulfton 
  • Young Women's College Preparatory Academy

License IGNITE's K12 Curriculum

Colleges and Universities

  • Baylor University 
  • Brookhaven College (Facebook | Instagram | Twitter)
  • Collin College
  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Our Lady of the Lake University 
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Rice University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Edward's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston, Downtown
  • University of Incarnate Word
  • University of North Texas
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Dallas 
  • University of Texas at San Antonio 
  • University of Texas at El Paso

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La-Tieka Sims serves as our San Antonio Fellow. She is currently a senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Business Management. She earned her associate degree in Business Administration at San Antonio College. La-Tieka is an active campus leader and has served in roles such as Treasurer of the Black Student Union, President of the Campus Activities Board, and President of the Student Government Association, and she is a current member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She is developing her role as a community leader and furthering her career by interning at the City of San Antonio District 2 City Council office. La-Tieka hopes to run for office in future. For San Antonio inquiries, contact latieka@ignitenational.org

Conferences and Events

For the current list of conferences and training, visit our Event Calendar