Notre Dame Scholars' Program
The Notre Dame Scholars' Program educates students to be scholars, servants, and leaders.

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The Notre Dame Scholars' Program selects prospective first-year Notre Dame students to receive merit-based scholarship awards based on their highly competitive academic records, demonstrated leadership, and service to their communities. The University of Notre Dame currently offers more than 20 such scholarships, which typically provide recipients with an annual award of $25,000, for a total of $100,000 over four years, and in some cases generous enrichment funding for scholarship, service, and leadership projects.

Building on the success of Notre Dame's first merit-based scholarship program, The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, the Notre Dame Scholars' Program now offers advising, programming, and curricular opportunities to more than 350 Notre Dame students who receive scholarship funding. These include recipients of the Notre Dame Stamps Scholarship, which provides a full tuition award and $12,000 of enrichment funding. 

Recipients of all merit-based scholarships at the University participate in a one-credit Ethical Leadership class, receive personalized mentoring from program staff, and are invited to participate in a variety of extracurricular professional development and service events throughout the course of the year. 

Approximately 100 first-year students join the Notre Dame Scholars' Program family as merit scholarship recipients each year. 

Scholars Pursue Virtual Internships During Pandemic

For many Notre Dame students, the idea of summer “vacation” is a relic of the past, even during a pandemic. June, July, and August provide a valuable chance for students to pursue research opportunities, volunteer at nonprofits, or work relationship-building internships. COVID-19 challenged many scholars to take these opportunities online or coordinate new arrangements altogether; however, they still found unique ways to put their talents to use and continue molding their future careers through virtual summer experiences. Read more.