Program Core

Scholarship Assistance

Currently provided by the University of Notre Dame, scholarships for AnBryce Scholars Initiative students include costs associated with the published cost of attendance (i.e. tuition, room and board, fees, the estimated costs of books and some personal expenses).  

Advising and Mentorship for the Entirety of the College Career

Working in tandem with advisors in First Year of Studies and each of the Colleges, the Faculty Director will oversee AnBryce students’ academic progress, focusing on the ways that a student’s college career matches their personal strengths and goals, and how they might best prepare for a career after College. To this end, the Faculty Director will meet with each AnBryce scholar several times a year for general advising sessions (and more often as needed). From these meetings, a comprehensive plan of action emerges for the scholar’s time at Notre Dame. Though detailed, there is nevertheless room for growth and change as the student discovers where his or her strengths lie. The flexibility to grow is essential to success in college and beyond. The AnBryce program will also coordinate and oversee the mentoring and pairing of students with faculty across the Colleges, once the scholars have chosen their field of study.  Chosen faculty mentors will offer perspectives from their given field (i.e. the sciences, a career in engineering or business, academic in the liberal arts etc.,), and will also act as another sounding board for students outside of the traditional advising channels. Many of these mentors are themselves first-generation college graduates and often stay with the program after their scholar graduates.

Programmatic Activities: Term-Time “Talk Back” Sessions and Enrichment Programming 

Talk-back sessions are held monthly and will offer AnBryce scholars informal opportunities to reflect upon both the academic and social climate at Notre Dame and each scholar's place in it.  More than opportunities to “vent” in an open-ended way, the talk-back sessions will facilitate a community among the Scholars. Enrichment programming activities expose ABSI students to a variety of careers, whether in the business world, government, law, academia, or the arts.  Students have the opportunity to network with professionals in a semi-structured setting.  At present, we plan two enrichment sessions (most commonly a dinner and talk with a professional) each year. AnBryce will also hold a biennial forum in which students will help facilitate discussion and breakout sessions. The 2015 forum addressed “Class, College and the American Dream.” Our upcoming 2017 forum is entitled, "Navigating the Margins: Diversity, Inclusion and Access at the University of the 21st Century"

Global Immersion Experience during Freshman Year

International travel experiences help create a well-informed perspective on the world’s economies, politics and social justice issues. AnBryce considers this a critical dimension of being a good leader in the 21st Century.  More than half of Notre Dame's undergraduate students study abroad at some point in their college careers; and, anecdotal evidence suggests that nearly as many travel overseas before they begin their college careers.  To even the playing field and broaden the horizons of the AnBryce scholars, the program will travel to one of Notre Dame’s gateway cities (London, Dublin or Washington, D.C.). The students will also work closely with Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and take a Writing and Rhetoric course in the spring of their Freshman Year that will address this widening global perspective.