Who Should Attend

Who Should Apply?

Light the World! summer institute hosts over 50 high school students each week from around the country each summer at The Catholic University of America. We are looking for young men and women who fit the following categories:

  • Age: Light the World! is a summer institute for high school students who are rising juniors and seniors.
  • Student Leaders: We are looking for students who want to be leaders and achieve excellence in whatever they do.
  • Spiritual Maturity: We are looking for teenagers whose faith is important to them, and who want to know how it impacts their everyday lives beyond Mass and moments of prayer. Light the World! is housed within The School of Theology and Religious Studies which is based in the Roman Catholic tradition but it is open to all people of faith. 
  • Young People Discerning College Choices: We seek students who want a college experience where they will be challenged intellectually and spiritually.

I have to say that my favorite experience that I will always remember was going to Mass on top of the law firm; it showed me that we literally can take our faith into the world, so one day when I’m at my job, wherever that may be, I will remember that I need to not only do my job with excellence according to my profession but also with excellence according to my Roman Catholic faith. –Christophe, Participant 2016

2016 Summer Institute Demographics