Awards

Selection Process

In partnership with numerous benefactors and foundations, the University of Notre Dame offers a variety of scholarship awards based on various criteria. Merit scholarship award recipients are selected from the pool of students who apply to Notre Dame according to its Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision admissions deadlines. Both REA and RD applicants are considered for merit scholarship awards.

In most years, semifinalists for scholarship awards are invited to submit additional materials in late January following their application for admission. Following review of these materials, finalists are invited to a campus visit weekend that includes interviews, social activities, and academic experiences. During the 2020-21 selection cycle, we will follow the general timeline below.

All applicants follow Notre Dame’s regular procedures for applying for admission and financial aid. The award selection process complements these procedures. We strongly recommend that all applicants to Notre Dame apply for financial aid.

Selection Timeline During Year of Application to Notre Dame*

November 1 Restrictive Early Action Deadline
January 6 Regular Decision Deadline (2021 selection cycle)
February

Invitations issued to semifinalists to apply for merit scholarship awards.
Two rounds of invitations will be issued; one in early February and one in late February.

March Invitations issued to finalists
March Notre Dame Scholars' Program finalist activities (Virtual)*
April Merit scholarship award decisions issued
May 1 Deadline to accept award and confirm attendance

In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with University guidelines all on-campus tours, information sessions, and programs remain suspended for the foreseeable future (until the end of May at the very minimum) to protect the health of our current students, faculty, and staff. All Scholars' selection interviews and activities will take place virtually.