About the Program

The Notre Dame Scholars' Program selects, advises, and coordinates programming for more than 350 Notre Dame students who receive merit-based scholarship funding at the University of Notre Dame as part of the University's more than 20 scholarship programs. Students are selected to receive such scholarships primarily based on their extraordinary intellectual and personal achievements.

Scholarship recipients receive access to a variety of programming, enrichment, personal and professional development, and community-building opportunities coordinated by the Notre Dame Scholars' Program. The University expects these students leverage such opportunities to maximize their potential as scholars, servants, and leaders. 

Notre Dame has offered merit scholarship awards since 2009, when it selected the first cohort of students to participate in The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, a comprehensive, merit-based scholarship and leadership-development  program that seeks to attract, encourage, and equip extraordinary students who will have a transformational effect on the Notre Dame community, the Church, and the world. Since then, Notre Dame has developed partnerships with a variety of benefactors, including the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, and the Posse Foundation, to offer additional merit-based scholarship awards and enrichment funding to extraordinary prospective students.