Frazier Thompson Merit Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Excellent academic achievement
  • Record of outstanding leadership and service to Africana (African, African-American, and African diasporic) communities in the United States
  • Potential for continued leadership and service to the Africana diaspora at Notre Dame 


  • An annual award of $15,000 - $25,000 toward the cost of tuition for up to four years of undergraduate study, for a total of $60,000 - $100,000. This award is independent of any financial aid that a scholar may qualify for and receive.
  • Mandatory participation in a funded one-week Outward Bound Wilderness Leadership Canoe Expedition in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
  • An enrichment fund of $5,000, minus the cost of Outward Bound, that can be used for self-designed enrichment projects approved by the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program, including research, creative projects, professional development, leadership development, and/or unpaid service or internships.


  • Full-time undergraduate enrollment.
  • Maintenance of good academic and disciplinary standing. If a scholar is subject to academic or disciplinary probation or dismissal, they should contact the Notre Dame Scholars' Program for more information regarding policies and procedures.
  • University merit scholarship consideration is given for a maximum of eight semesters (ten semesters for the five-year Architecture program). Scholarship eligibility is not extended to account for any semester(s) the scholar did not meet scholarship requirements.