Scholarship Success Stories

100% of the Class of 2023 will be attending a four-year undergraduate program in the fall, and 94% of its members received over $25 million in academic scholarships!

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  • Rachel Cholodenko, Bard College

    The transition from middle school to high school seemed extremely intimidating at first; however, once I set foot in Notre Dame I knew I found the place for me. Going to Notre Dame has helped me grow so much as a person and young woman. I truly found who I was here and will take what I’ve learned here and use it throughout my life. During high school, I was fortunate enough to get accepted into the Everest Leadership Academy program,  where we learned how to be changemakers in society. I was also part of ND Cares for my whole high school career, as well as Environmental Club and Young Feminist Club. These clubs helped build my character at Notre Dame and contribute to my community. The teachers at ND also helped shape me into the person I am today.  I am forever grateful to them. I am now off on another adventure, going to Bard College with a full scholarship. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter will look like, but I will always have ND in my heart. 
  • Meyen Dolley, Middlebury College

    When I first entered Notre Dame, I was unsure of my future. As a shy student from the Bronx, I walked in intimidated by the new environment and the challenge of navigating high school. However, thanks to ND’s amazing teachers, I found my passion for English literature and Neuroscience.  I started to become more involved in extracurriculars outside and inside our walls. I became a member of Union of Color, Anne’s Leader, and HPAC, a nonprofit Shakespearean organization that produces plays by middle schoolers. Inspired by both communities, in and out of the classroom, I found myself dedicated to helping children.  Despite my initial shyness, branching out within the Chez Nous community helped push me to develop my leadership potential. The early mornings and late nights paid off when I was awarded the Posse Scholarship to Middlebury College. Posse offers a full-tuition scholarship to high school seniors that show merit and leadership potential. My four years at Notre Dame were filled with discovery, growth, and passion that follow me today. Notre Dame prepared me to pursue my interests in college and beyond, along with providing me a community that believes I can achieve endless opportunities. 
  • Ariel Elliot, Washington University in St. Louis

    At Notre Dame, I can truly say that I have grown into the best version of myself. Without the support and guidance from the Chez Nous community, I would not be the student or person I am today. I have enjoyed friendships and bonds that I believe will last me a lifetime. I was continuously motivated and challenged by my peers and teacher to excel in the classroom and to be a better student.  As an Anne’s Leader, secretary of National Honor Society, and a retreat leader, I stepped out of my comfort zone and enhanced my leadership skills. The Notre Dame counseling staff provided me with endless opportunities, encouraging me to participate in afterschool programs and complete internships to begin preparing for my professional interests. I am very proud to say that I will be attending Washington University in St. Louis on a near-full scholarship, where I will be studying architecture. I fully believe that Notre Dame has prepared me to be successful in college; and although I will be leaving Notre Dame, I know that I can always call it my home.
  • Angelina Escalona, University of Scranton

    At Notre Dame, I’ve made life-long friendships and have developed many useful skills that will serve me well in my future pursuits. I’ve improved in confidence, patience, focus, and perseverance. There have been many academic challenges, and the pandemic has definitely impacted me. Being at home, on the laptop, all day for classes got tough after a few weeks; however, I was able to get through it and push myself, thanks to the teachers and classmates who were willing to help and support me. The teachers provided so many helpful resources during that time of need. I’ve also had my counselor by my side, especially with the college application process. Notre Dame’s environment created a safe and supportive atmosphere, where I could thrive as a student and an individual. As I prepare to graduate and enter the next stage of my life, I feel grateful for this unparalleled experience that has shaped me into the young woman I am today. I am headed to the University of Scranton with a near-full scholarship. I look forward to continuing this journey of self-discovery and growth.
  • Bronwyn Kickasola, Covenant College

    As I look back on my four years at Notre Dame,  I realize how much I have grown and changed. At the time it felt like time was just flying by and I was still the same person. The COVID-19 pandemic  took almost 2 years of my high school experience away; however, it also gave me a chance to focus on my personal growth. I found  my love for music grew immensely, and I learned to rely on others less. This new form of independence shaped my ability to be a good leader. As I went into my junior and senior years, I became a captain for both the softball and soccer teams. I was recruited by Covenant College, a division 3 school in Lookout Mountain, Georgia to play for their varsity soccer team. After multiple visits I decided to apply for their full ride leadership scholarship program, which I was awarded after multiple interviews.  My high school experience at Notre Dame has shaped me into a strong and resilient leader. I cannot wait to begin this next chapter, and be able to reflect the strong foundation that Notre Dame gave me.
  • Suzanna Malshyti, University of Notre Dame

    At Notre Dame I was proud to be surrounded by kind and driven students who motivated me to be the person I am today. When I  joined the cross country and track teams, I met an amazing group of athletes, and I’m confident to say that our friendships will last a lifetime. I am thankful for all the close bonds I've formed, not only with my friends but with my teachers as well. Ms. Crosson was a special teacher I had for all four years, and I am so thankful for the relationship we formed. All my teachers and counselors cared about me.When I first began the college process, I felt very overwhelmed, but the support Ms.Stawski provided me was extremely helpful. Thanks to her encouragement, I was able to intern in the finance department of Morgan Stanley. Ms. Stawki also helped me through my college applications and I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to attend the University of Notre Dame on a near-full scholarship. Notre Dame has prepared me to succeed, and the endless support from my friends, teachers, and counselors will motivate me to reach my goals
  • Leonely Pacheco, New York University

    Looking back at  the years I have spent at Notre Dame, I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I have been offered. One of the most memorable experiences that I will forever cherish was participating in The Encuentro Project during my senior year, because it not only made me more aware of the current crisis at the Southern border but it also made me grateful for all the advantages I have had. I will forever be thankful to Ms. Crosson for making my four years of French class fun and memorable and for always assuring me during Academic Center that I would do fine on a test even though I would doubt myself. My time at Notre Dame wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my parents, who always supported and believed in me. As a first-generation student, I am thrilled to say that I will be attending New York University’s Stern School of Business on a full-tuition scholarship. Now as I embark on a new journey, I will undoubtedly miss Notre Dame, but I am confident that my high school years have prepared me to succeed in this new stage of life. 
  • Carol Riaz, Fordham University

    Going to an all-girls school has boosted my confidence as a young woman in New York City and has blessed me with meaningful lifelong friendships. One of the first clubs I joined  was ND Cares. Giving back to my community with the club’s service missions– like making care packages for the homeless, hosting a school-wide fundraiser for Ukraine, and sponsoring a food drive–has enriched me so much as a person. I will forever be grateful for my Honors French and Latin classes, and these are the languages I will be applying later in life with my aspirations to go into medicine. I was also involved in ND’s Medical club and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. I had always wanted to go to a top Jesuit university to keep my faith by my side during my later career. I want to thank every one of my teachers for their kind love, and I know I will be taking a piece of West 13th by my side to college. I am beyond happy to state my commitment to Fordham University at Lincoln Center on a full tuition scholarship. 
  • Brooklynne Roman, Columbia University

    The environment at Notre Dame has shaped me into the student I am today. The courses and extracurricular activities taught me how to lead and find my voice. But the opportunity to go on The Encuentro Project changed me the most. This service trip taught me to see outside of my bubble and to not be afraid to talk about injustices in the world.  It also inspired me to appreciate all the academic opportunities living in the U.S. have given me, especially the ability to come to Notre Dame. The Chez Nous community was an integral part of my college process. My counselor answered countless emails about the Common App and encouraged me to apply to schools that I thought would be impossible to be accepted to. All of the teachers and all my Chez Nous sisters helped on my path to college. I will be attending Columbia University on a near full scholarship.  If I’m ever nervous at college all I have to do is lean back on the foundation for success that Notre Dame has given me. 
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