The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

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Scholarships

The Academy of Notre Dame offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants. Please refer to the information on this page for eligibility and application information. 

Merit Scholarships
All high school and middle school applicants are considered for merit-based academic scholarships upon completion of their application (no separate application is required). Scholarship recipients are notified of an award at the time of admission.
 

Eligibility Criteria
These partial-tuition scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants based on their:

  • Transcript/strength of academic record
  • Entrance exam performance
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Co-curricular and extra-curricular involvement
  • Attendance and disciplinary records

Specialty Scholarships
Applicants for ninth grade, including Notre Dame eighth graders, may apply for any of the following awards:

Specialty Scholarships

Global Citizenship

The Global Citizenship Scholarship recognizes high school applicants with a demonstrated interest in deepening their appreciation of the world's cultures.

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting our standard criteria for academic merit scholarships, candidates should demonstrate an interest in and experience with as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • Second language study in school and/or proficiency in a second language through family life.

  • Global education experience and/or involvement with a global organization.

*Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Classes in school with a global focus or curriculum that involves an international exchange on some level

  • School travel of a global nature, or domestic travel (if there was an international population involved)

  • Volunteerism, travel, participation, or work completed with organizations that aid and assist peoples from other countries

  • Hosting an exchange student or sponsoring a refugee family/student; being an exchange student for any period of time

  • Hobbies or sports that lead to international experiences

  • Language immersion program

  • Long term "pen pal" communication

*Please note that these are only examples of global experiences; not all are required.

Application Requirements:

Candidates must complete the following by Friday, November 1, 2019:

1. Complete your Application for Admission, including an Entrance Exam, Shadow Day Visit, and all required supporting documents (new applicants only.

2. Submit a 250 to 500-word written essay in a .pdf format that answers the question: “Tell us one story about a positive experience that changed your perspective on the world and/or the people who inhabit it.” Include as many relevant examples from the above criteria as possible.

Please refer to the bottom of this page for instructions on how to submit your essay.

STEM

The STEM Scholarship recognizes high school applicants with particular aptitude and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting our standard criteria for merit scholarships, candidates should demonstrate:

  • A strong foundation in mathematics, including the successful completion of Algebra 1 by the end of the 8th-grade year.

  • Participation in a math/science extracurricular activity.

  • Passion for the STEM fields, including but not limited to participation in a math/science/coding club, volunteering, or interning at a STEM-related facility (like a hospital or research institution).

Application Requirements:

Candidates must complete the following by Friday, November 1, 2019:

1. Complete your Application for Admission, including an Entrance Exam, Shadow Day Visit, and all required supporting documents. (new applicants only)

2.  Submit a 250 to 500-word written essay in a .pdf format that details your experiences and responds to one of the two prompts below. Include as many relevant examples from the above criteria as possible.

  • "Describe a past science experiment you have done or an idea for a future science experiment you would like to conduct (and why)."

or

  • “Describe a STEM-related question you have or a topic you would like to explore. Why is it interesting or meaningful to you?”

Please refer to the bottom of this page for instructions on how to submit your essay.

Music

 

The Music Scholarship recognizes applicants with an aptitude for vocal or instrumental performance.

Requirements
In addition to meeting our standard criteria for academic merit scholarships, candidates should plan to participate in a live audition on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. Additional details, including how to reserve your audition, will be available in early September.  

Live Audition (November 1, 2019)
Vocal and instrumental selections should show versatility, showcase abilities, and demonstrate high musicianship skills (dynamics, interpretation, phrasing, musicality).

Vocal Audition Guidelines

  1. Singers should be prepared to sing any of the following scales: A Major, C Major, E Major and G Major using solfege syllables (do-re-mi, etc.)

  2. Please prepare two (2) contrasting solo pieces; one must include a classical piece, preferably in Italian.

  3. There will also be a sight reading excerpt included as part of the audition.

Instrumental Audition Guidelines

  1. Instrumentalists should prepare two (2) pieces that contrast by either time period or genre.

  2. Instrumentalists should also be prepared to play any of the following scales:
     

  • Strings: C, G, D and A Major with the relative harmonic minors in 2 octaves with at least 1 shift.

  • Woodwinds: F, G, and C Major and their relative harmonic minor in two octaves.

  • Piano: All white key major and minor scales in 2 octaves with hands together.

     3. There will also be a sight reading excerpt included as part of the audition.

Music Resume
Both vocal and instrumental performers should bring a music resume to their audition. The resume should include experiences and accomplishments as well as a list of your performances, years, studies, and teachers (school and private). Musicians may also choose to bring one or two written recommendations from current instructors, though they are not required.

Additional Information

To maintain eligibility, award recipients must participate as a member of Notre Dame's High School Ensemble or Women’s Chorale (voice students) as well as share their talents by performing liturgical music at school liturgies.

Learn more about The Academy of Notre Dame's Arts Program here

Dance

 

The Dance Scholarship recognizes applicants with an aptitude for dance performance.

Requirements
In addition to meeting our standard criteria for academic merit scholarships, candidates should plan to participate in a live audition on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. Additional details, including how to reserve your audition, will be available in early September.

Live Audition (November 1, 2019)

Dance Audition Guidelines

  1. Dancers should prepare two (2) solos of their choosing, lasting no longer than one minute each.

  2. One or both solos should include the following technical movements:

    • Pirouette both en dehors and en dedans

    • Grande jeté and developpé leaps

    • Spiral to and from floor

    • Grand battement with both right and left leg

  3. The genre may be classical or contemporary and should showcase the dancer’s range of technical and artistic capabilities. Choices should give a sense of placement, line, body awareness, flexibility, and control.

  4. Dancers may choose a featured excerpt from a group piece or a specially-choreographed piece for this audition.

Dance Resume

Please bring a dance resume to your audition. The resume should include experiences and accomplishments as well as a list of your dance schools, years, styles, and teachers. Dancers may also choose to bring one or two written recommendations from current dance teachers, though they are not required.

Additional Information

To maintain eligibility, award recipients must participate as a member of Notre Dame's High School Dance Company for each scholarship year.

Learn more about The Academy of Notre Dame's Arts program here.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Scholarship recognizes applicants with a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for visual art.

Requirements

1. Portfolio Submission

In addition to meeting our standard criteria for academic merit scholarships, candidates should submit a portfolio that includes 8-10 pieces of original artwork. Portfolios must be received by Friday, November 1, 2019.

Portfolio Guidelines

  • All submissions should be digital images.

  • Artists may submit 3 dimensional work, but only in photograph format (NO actual sculptural submissions).

  • Submitted work should demonstrate a variety of styles, mediums, and abilities.

  • Portfolio images should be submitted via email to scholarships@ndapa.org and clearly labeled with the artist’s name and current school.

Additional Information

To maintain eligibility, award recipients must participate as a member of Notre Dame's Visual Arts program for each scholarship year.

St. Julie Awards

Dedicated to the legacy of St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, these $3,000 partial-tuition scholarships are awarded to high school applicants who embody St. Julie's charism of simplicity, joy, and love for the poor.

St. Julie Award candidates are expected to demonstrate strength of character and leadership capacity through participation in activities and service to their school, family, and community.

New Applicants

Nomination forms for new high school applicants are provided to school principals each summer. Principals may recommend one student from their graduating class for this award. Nominees are invited to interview on campus in early November.

Current Notre Dame Eighth-Grade Students

Notre Dame eighth-grade students are invited to submit an essay indicating their interest in being considered for a St. Julie Award. The Scholarship Committee will select two students for this award based on the quality and content of essay submissions as well as input from faculty, staff, and administration. Please submit a 250 to 500 word written essay that highlights your experiences, activities, and interests as inspired by the life and spirit of St. Julie. Essays must be submitted in .pdf format to scholarships@ndapa.org by November 1, 2019.

How to Submit an Essay for Scholarship Consideration

1. At the top of your essay document, please include:

  • Your full name

  • Your current school

  • Title of your essay

2. Save your essay as a document in .pdf format. Title the document with your last name and the name of the specialty scholarship for which you are applying (example: “Smith_Global Citizenship”).

3. Send your document via email to scholarships@ndapa.org.