The University’s limited number of tickets to the first U.S. presidential debate on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Purcell Pavilion will be allocated exclusively to currently enrolled Notre Dame students.
Junior Aaron Benavides is pursuing faith through service, building community through writing and design, and understanding where in the world he stands through the study of politics and theology. Through all of those activities, on campus and abroad, he is further exploring his heritage — and contemplating its significance.
Sophomore Tarik Brown, does not believe in wasting time. Like many, he arrived on campus ready to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible and by any standard, he definitely has done so. What sets him apart, however, is that he intentionally looks for ways to include others. Perhaps a testament to his background in computer science, he can visualize networks in all aspects of his life. He tirelessly works to connect people and opportunities, be they small (connecting a new AnBryce Scholar to the Notre Dame Band) or large (expanding activities as President of Notre Dame's Questbridge chapter). Frequently, students share internship opportunities across different fields, all of which they learned about from Tarik.…
Maria McKenna and Richard Pierce have been appointed co-directors of the AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, a scholar leaders program supporting first-generation college students who demonstrate great promise in the face of challenging life circumstances.
The Gilman Scholarship is a U.S. State Department grant program that enables students of limited means to study or intern abroad.
Sanchez in Trafalgar Square with a classmate
Armando Sanchez participated in the London Undergraduate Program and the London Internship Program this semester. Sanchez is an AnBryce Scholar and is grateful for the opportunities education has afforded him. He writes about his time in London, how it gave him a more global perspective, and how his internship allowed him to inspire future generations to pursue education.…
As a kid growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, west of Omaha, Teayanna Leytham developed an early interest in math and science. That later blossomed into a love of engineering after she took an introduction to engineering class and joined the robotics team in high school.
Now, the rising sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, who, before March, had never traveled outside of the U.S., is headed overseas to study in Scotland.…
Three documentaries. Three alumni directors. One University.
Season 4 of the always fascinating First Time Fans film series debuted on Notre Dame’s UND.com website February 28. A truly unique production model, First Time Fans brings together Notre Dame alumni filmmakers and pairs them with current students to tell inspiring stories about extraordinary people on an extraordinary campus.…
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted a conversation with Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of Guantanamo Diary: Restored Edition.
Travon DeLeon (’20) joined the AnBryce Scholars Initiative last fall and by all accounts had the shortest commute of any incoming scholar. Travon is a graduate of Penn High School in Mishawaka—which along with Granger, Indiana forms a triangle of communities with South Bend, the home of Notre Dame. In the summer before college he had the opportunity to be part of the United States’ National Youth Orchestra. He played at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Smetana Hall in Prague and Trivoli Hall in Copenhagen. He has played for renowned conductors Valery Gergiev and Christoph Eschenbach and with soloists Emanuel Ax and Denis Matsuev. “…
Before Notre Dame, Logan McAbee-Thomas (’19) grew up in Boyceville, “a little tiny town” in Wisconsin. He and his sister lived with their legal guardian, who he refers to as mom, having lost his biological mother when he was young. His high school days were spent playing sports and participating in band and drama.…
Kassidy Lawrence ’17 decided in the second grade that she was going to be a lawyer. “When I was in elementary and middle school I was convinced that my grades would be considered when I applied for law school.” This self-awareness and drive have helped Kassidy establish a strong work ethic. Part of the Questbridge Scholars Program, Kassidy matched with Notre Dame. She also received a letter to apply for the inaugural cohort of AnBryce Scholars. “My family’s worries about how to afford and navigate college were put to rest.”…
Erick Tapia ’18 found AnBryce's immersion program in London to be "eye-opening" and key to his decision to return there for a semester abroad.
In the first cohort of students, Nat Thomas '17, has been making the most of her time at Notre Dame and
with the AnBryce Scholars Initiative. “As a first-generation student, you often don’t have a precedent for college navigation, and you often lack social and cultural capital.”
Jinelfry Rodriguez’s ’19 attributes music and the AnBryce Scholars Initiative for broadening her horizons and introducing her to other cultures.
Christina Jeong ’17, a Japanese and Film double major, traveled abroad to Seoul, Korea, to study at Yonsei University’s International Summer School program, taking an opportunity to return to the country of her birth and reconnect with her family, whom she hadn’t seen since she was a child.
Jessica Pedroza ’17, a political science major, spent eight weeks in Cochabamba, Bolivia, as part of the Center for Social Concern’s International Summer Service Learning Program, participating in two different ministry sites—an afterschool tutoring program and Manos Con Libertad, an organization that supports incarcerated and ex-incarcerated women with empowerment classes, new skills, and employment.
Salonee Seecharan, ’18, is double majoring in political science and sociology and serving as a TA in the math department, while also finding time to look out for her younger brother at home.
Felix Mayorga Alvarez ’19, found inspiration from a Supreme Court Justice, thanks to AnBryce Scholars Intiative Speaker Series.
Natalie Jackson ’17, a triple major in psychology, pre-med, and studio art from Mishawaka, Indiana is finding a great support system with the AnBryce Scholars Initiative.