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Scholarships

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

Current students should note that, for purposes of scholarship awards, Notre Dame eighth graders are considered applicants to the high school and are eligible to apply or be selected for any of these awards.

All Scholarship applications are due by Monday, October 22 at 4:00 pm.  

Notre Dame Eighth-Grade Applicants

Notre Dame students are eligible to apply for any of the specialty scholarships offered for high school: STEM, Global Citizenship, Visual and Performing Arts, and the St. Julie Award. Submissions are reviewed by a committee comprised of staff, administrators, and faculty from each department. Award recipients are notified in late November.

Current Notre Dame eighth graders do not need to submit teacher recommendations, create an admissions portal account, or submit a new Application for Admission. They should only submit the essay, resume and/or video required of their specific scholarship by 3:00 pm on October 22, 2018. Please refer to the bottom of this page for detailed instructions on how to submit an essay or video for scholarship consideration.

Academic Merit

All high school and middle school applicants are considered for merit-based academic scholarships upon completion of their application, including all grade-specific required documents. 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
  • Performance on Notre Dame’s Entrance Examination
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Co-curricular and extra-curricular involvement
  • Attendance and disciplinary records

Additionally, all applicants should schedule a visit at their earliest convenience and plan to take an Entrance Exam on either Saturday, October 13 (high school) or Sunday, October 21 (all grades).

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.

High School Applicants
Nomination forms for high school applicants are provided to school principals each summer. Principals may recommend one student from their graduating class for this award.

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.

Essay Guidelines
Submit a 250 to 500 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 October 22, 2018.

 

STEM Scholar of Promise

An academic merit scholarship for applicants to 9th Grade
Deadline: 10/22/18

Description
High school applicants with particular aptitude and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply to become a STEM Scholar of Promise. The ideal candidate "utilizes the skills of problem solving, critical thinking and innovation across all disciplines and is equipped to solve complex, real world problems."

This scholarship is an extension of Notre Dame's STEM Scholar of Excellence Program. Award winners are expected to apply for this program in the second semester of ninth grade (among other requirements).

STEM Scholars of Excellence receive a designation on their official transcript and will receive recognition at graduation. Successful scholar students will graduate exceptionally prepared for continued study at the collegiate level in their particular discipline.

Eligibility Criteria
In addition to meeting our standard criteria for academic 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 Monday, October 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm:

1. Submit your Application for Admission, including an Entrance Exam, Shadow Day Visit, and all required supporting documents.

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. All essays must be submitted via the Admissions Portal. 

  • "Describe a past science experiment you have done or an idea for a future science experiment you would like to conduct (and why)."
  • “Describe a STEM-related question you have or a topic you would like to explore. Why is it interesting or meaningful to you?”

Global Citizen Scholar of Promise

An academic merit scholarship for applicants to 9th Grade
Deadline: 10/22/18

Description
High school applicants with a demonstrated interest in the world's cultures and broadening her worldview through various offerings at Notre Dame  are encouraged to apply to become a Global Citizen Scholar of Promise. The ideal candidate "seeks perspectives outside of and in addition to her own in order to approach all aspects of her education with a diverse lens that will enhance her global citizenship."

This scholarship is an extension of Notre Dame's Global Citizen Scholar Program. Award winners are expected to apply for this program in the second semester of ninth grade (Additional requirements necessary).

Global Scholars receive a designation on their official transcript and will receive recognition at graduation. Successful scholar students will graduate exceptionally prepared for continued study at the collegiate level in their particular discipline.

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

1. Second language study in middle school and/or proficiency in second language through family life.
2. 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 Monday, October 22, 2018 at 4 pm:

1. Submit your Application for Admission, including an Entrance Exam, Shadow Day Visit, and all required supporting documents.

2. Submit a 250 to 500 word written essay via the Admissions Portal that answers the question: "What does it mean to be a global citizen today?" Include as many relevant examples from the above criteria as possible. Please submit your essay in a .pdf format. 

 

 

Visual and Performing Arts

The Academy of Notre Dame welcomes applicants for high school visual and performing arts scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year.

Dance

1. Video Audition* 

Please submit a video that includes two prepared solos of your choice, lasting no longer than one minute each.

Video Audition Guidelines:

  • 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
  • The genre may be classical or contemporary and should showcase your range of technical and artistic capabilities. Your choices should give a sense of placement, line, body awareness, flexibility, and control.
  • You may choose a featured excerpt from a group piece or a specially-choreographed piece for this audition. 

*Please refer to the instructions at the bottom of this page for detailed instructions on how to submit your video. 


2. Written Submission

In addition to your video audition, please submit a dance resume listing your experiences and accomplishments in a .pdf format. It should include a list of your dance schools, years, styles, and teachers.

A submission of 1-2 written recommendations from current dance teachers is encouraged, but not required.

All documents and essays must be submitted via the Admissions Portal

Additional Information

To maintain eligibility, award recipients must participate as a member of Notre Dame's High School Dance Company for each scholarship year. The video audition will serve as the High School Dance Company audition for all students applying for a dance scholarship.
Learn more about The Academy of Notre Dame dance program here.

Music

The Academy of Notre Dame welcomes applicants for high school music scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply, please submit both a video audition as well as a music resume (written submission).


1. Video Audition*
Vocalist, please submit an audition video that includes two contrasting solo pieces. Additionally, you should also include scales (major and harmonic minor) in two octaves in any two of the following keys: E, B, A-flat, or D-Flat (for example, if choosing the key of “E,” you must play or sing two octaves of the major scale and two octaves of the E harmonic minor scale). All applicants must include a classical piece from their repertoire.

Instrumentalists, please include in your submission 1 major scale and 1 minor scale of their choice. Students able to play in positions should incorporate a shift.

Video Audition Guidelines:

  • Audition videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • One instrumental, piano, or vocal selection must be classical. Vocalists, please consider singing in one of the music languages (Italian, French or German) if possible for this piece.
  • The other musical selection should be contrasting (jazz, musical theatre, twentieth century, etc.)
  • Vocalists: If you play another instrument (such as piano), you are invited to sing a classical piece and play your secondary instrument for your other piece.
  • The selections should showcase your technical abilities on your instrument and demonstrate high musicianship skills (dynamics, interpretation, phrasing, musicality). Your choices should show your versatility as a musician.

*Please refer to the instructions at the bottom of this page for detailed instructions on how to submit your video.

2. Written Submission

In addition to your video audition, please submit a music resume listing your experiences and accomplishments in a .pdf format. It should include a list of your experiences, performances, years, studies, and teachers.
A submission of 1-2 written recommendations from current music teachers is encouraged, but not required.

All documents and essays must be submitted via the Admissions Portal. 

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. The video audition will serve as the High School Ensemble or Women’s Chorale audition for all students applying for a music scholarship.

Learn more about The Academy of Notre Dame choral music program here. For information on our instrumental music program, click here.

Visual Art 

The Academy of Notre Dame welcomes applicants for high school visual art scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. To apply, please submit in a .pdf format your portfolio of work as well as a written submission of a 1-2 page essay. 

1. Portfolio Submission 

Please submit a portfolio that includes 5-7 pieces of your original artwork.

  • All submissions should be digital images.
  • You may submit 3 dimensional work - but only in photograph format - NO actual sculptural submissions.
  • Your work should demonstrate a variety of styles, mediums, and abilities.

2. Written Submission

In addition to your portfolio, please submit a brief essay in a .pdf format that tells us about your passion for art and your artistic experiences in and out of the classroom.

*A submission of 1 written recommendation from your current art teacher is encouraged, but not required.

All documents, essays and portfolios must be submitted via the Admissions Portal.

Additional Information

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

 

How to Submit an Essay or Video for Scholarship Consideration


Submit a Written Essay

1. Be sure you have completed and submitted your Application for Admission

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

  • Your full name
  • Title of your essay

3. Save your 250 to 500-word written essay as a .pdf document. Title the document with your last name and the name of the scholarship you are applying for (example: “Smith_STEM Scholar of Promise”).

4. Upload your scholarship essay to your application in the Admissions Portal:

  • Log in to the Admissions Portal and click on your name under “Applicant Progress” (you should see your Application Checklist below your personal information).
  • In the left-hand sidebar, under “Student Information,” click on “Messages.”
  • In the “Leave a Message” box, include the following information in the body of your message:
    • Your full name
    • Name of your current school
    • The name of the scholarship you are applying (i.e. "STEM Scholar of Promise")
  • Click on “Attach Files,” and then “Choose File.” Select your .pdf document and click “Open.”
  • Click “Send Message.” Your essay document will now be attached to your Application for Admission and you will see it appear in the “Notes” section.


Submit a Video

1. Be sure you have submitted your completed Application for Admission.

2. Create your 3 to 5 minute video and submit it via Google or Dropbox.

3. Give your video a title that represents its content.

4. Compose an email and format the subject line so it includes your full name and the phrase "Scholarship Video" (example: Bridget Bonner_Scholarship Video)

5. In the body of the email, include:

  • Your full name
  • Name of your current school
  • The name of the scholarship you are applying for (i.e. "Performing Arts")
  • Title of your video
  • Link to your video submission (note: please do not include or attach the actual video; send only the link to your video).

6. Submit your email to scholarships@ndapa.org.


Questions?
If you have questions or are having trouble with your essay or video submission, please contact Bridget Bonner, Director of Admissions, at bbonner@ndapa.org.

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