The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program

The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program

Eligibility Criteria

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Commitment to service
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Exemplary moral character
  • Open to students from any college or major


  • An annual award of $25,000 toward the cost of tuition for up to four years of undergraduate study, for a total of $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.
  • All Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars are required to participate in four Summer Enrichment Experiences – Wilderness Leadership, Social Justice, Global Inquiry, and Professional Venture – to develop and explore their interests outside of the classroom. We believe that self-discovery and leadership development should not stop at the end of the academic year. After participation in a one-week Wilderness Leadership Outward Bound course alongside other merit scholars before first-year orientation, each scholar receives up to $5,000 per summer to complete self-designed eight-week Summer Enrichment Experiences for Social Justice (direct service), Global Inquiry (research), and Professional Venture (internship) that help them meet their goals and become transformational leaders. Notre Dame Scholars’ Program faculty and staff work with scholars to help them develop these experiences.


  • Full-time undergraduate enrollment.
  • Maintenance of good academic and disciplinary standing. If a scholar is subject to academic or disciplinary probation or dismissal, they will automatically lose their scholarship and status as a scholar and will not be reconsidered.
  • 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.

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