Division of Student Affairs awards scholarships to pupil leaders

Tulips on the Main Quad. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame.

The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs lately awarded scholarships for the 2021-22 tutorial 12 months to 5 junior undergraduate college students in recognition of their demonstrated management on campus and past.

After reviewing nominations from throughout campus, a variety committee composed of representatives from inside and out of doors the division awarded the Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship to Allan Njomo and Sara Ferraro and the Hipp-Beeler Scholarship to Jennifer Moreno-Mendoza, Erica Browne and Samuel De La Paz.

The standards for every scholarship is demonstrated management in residence corridor packages, religious actions, group service, pupil authorities, pupil actions, entrepreneurial tasks, interhall sports activities or any mixture of those or different actions within the space of pupil life.

Established by Mike Harper in 1995, the Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship encourages recipients to develop management qualities just like these of former Notre Dame soccer coach Lou Holtz. A junior enterprise analytics main, Njomo earned a Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship as the results of his dedication to inclusion and social change throughout the Notre Dame group. 

A Stanford Hall resident and newly elected pupil physique president, Njomo was born in Kenya and relocated to the United States when he was 9 years outdated. Most lately, Njomo served because the president of Stanford Hall the place he supported fellow residents all through the pandemic and created a protected house for dialogue surrounding racial injustice that spearheaded a microaggression coaching program in partnership with Multicultural Student Programs and Services. Additionally, Njomo has actively advocated on behalf of first-generation, low-income college students and labored to strengthen larger participation within the GreeNDot violence prevention program. 

Ferraro, a junior from West Nyack, New York, majoring within the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) with a minor in information science, additionally acquired a Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship. A Lyons Hall resident, Ferraro has been actively engaged with the Center for Social Concerns since her freshman 12 months, finishing a Summer Service Learning Program at Bethany House the place she supplied assist and tangible assets to girls going through homelessness. Ferraro continues to advocate for empowerment in social work and has since participated in two fall seminar packages and two Virtual Service Corps packages. Ferraro has held a variety of on-campus management positions, and as co-president of ND Jump Rope, she teaches youth after-school packages in South Bend. Ferraro additionally serves on the PLS Student Advisory Committee and the Lyons Hall Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and based a University chapter of Global Brigades, which focuses on human rights training and authorized empowerment. 

Established in 1992 by Notre Dame Student Government, the Hipp-Beeler Scholarship is designed to honor student-athletes Colleen Hipp and Meghan Beeler, who died in a bus accident. Moreno-Mendoza was awarded certainly one of three Hipp-Beeler Scholarships for her dedication to and assist of present and future college students.   

A advertising and marketing main with minors in Latino research and theology, Moreno-Mendoza serves as a board member for the Fighting Irish Scholars program throughout the Office of Student Enrichment and as an Anchor Intern for the Office of Campus Ministry, the place she helps coordinate the efforts of multicultural ministry. She can also be the co-head advising fellow of the Matriculate chapter at Notre Dame, a program that guides and helps limited-resourced, high-achieving college students in all elements of the school software course of. Additionally, Moreno-Mendoza co-founded the My College Journey Academy in her hometown of Irving, Texas, which helps native highschool college students put together for faculty.

Browne was awarded the second Hipp-Beeler Scholarship for her excellence in pupil management. Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Browne is a member of the Core Team throughout the Center for Social Concerns. In this position, she works to enhance seminar management coaching and pupil preparation previous to seminar immersion. She additionally served as a co-leader for the middle’s Act Justly Seminar, main a dialogue on reaching racial justice within the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. Additionally, Browne served as a co-facilitator for Campus Ministry’s annual Plunge Retreat for Black first-year college students at Notre Dame. 

De La Paz, a mechanical engineering main with a minor in power research, acquired the third Hipp-Beeler Scholarship. At Notre Dame, De La Paz was accepted into the Rev. Don McNeill, C.S.C., Leadership Fellows Program throughout the Center for Social Concerns the place he advocated on behalf of bipartisan clear power laws in Indiana. In addition, he serves as a group chief with Geothermal ND, is a member of and retreat chief for the Notre Dame Folk Choir and serves because the liturgical commissioner for Siegfried Hall.

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