To deepen engagement with a more diverse group of Indiana high school students, the University of Notre Dame received a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to expand an existing pre-college program.
The University will use the funding to expand the capacity and impact of its Office of Pre-College Programs summer scholarship initiative to enable increased participation by underserved and underfunded students in public and Catholic high schools across the state.
Notre Dame is one of 27 colleges and universities to receive funding from the Lilly Endowment Indiana Youth Programs on Campus initiative, which was launched in 2021 to help Indiana colleges and universities start new or expand and enhance existing high-quality on-campus programs for Hoosier. youth. Through the Indiana Youth Programs on Campus initiative, Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved a total of $22.6 million in planning grants and program implementation grants.
The Notre Dame Summer Scholars program currently offers 450 high school students a two-week residential college immersion that emphasizes academics and other components of an undergraduate college experience. Starting next summer, the program will expand to 700 students over multiple sessions and allow the Office of Pre-College Programs to provide a more cohesive experience for all participants.
“We are extremely grateful to Lilly Endowment for this generous grant,” said Paul Mueller, director of Notre Dame’s Office of Pre-College Programs. “Expanding our Summer Scholars program will benefit many more Indiana high school students as well as Indiana colleges and universities. We believe this will have a long-term positive impact on student retention. our brightest and most promising young minds for their academic careers and beyond.
Summer scholars live on the Notre Dame campus while taking a college-level course taught by university faculty, and they earn transferable college credit upon completion of the program. In addition to five to six hours per day of classes, students participate in service activities and community-building events. Next year’s programming will also incorporate content to better prepare students and their families for the college admissions and financial aid processes, and Notre Dame will host Indiana schools for a college fair to showcase the many offers from various colleges and universities across the state.
Over the next three years, with the support of the Lilly Endowment grant, Notre Dame will cover the full expenses of the Summer Scholars program, including accommodation and meals, application and registration fees for students from Indiana’s underserved and underfunded public and Catholic secondary schools. For some participants, travel costs to Notre Dame for the Summer Scholars program will also be covered.
Learn more about Notre Dame’s Summer Scholars program online.