University of Notre Dame

Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program

The Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program is where outstanding students become visionary leaders.

The Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program (BHSP) is at the forefront of Notre Dame’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our university’s academic and social life. BHSP seeks to provide high-achieving students who are also members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education with a close-knit learning community that will give them the tools and connections they need to be at the leading edge of the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Our merit-based scholarships are open to all incoming Notre Dame first-year students who are of African, Asian, Latin, or Native American descent or the first generation in their family to attend college. If they are accepted, students may receive summer support worth up to $4,000 to attend the BHSP Summer Institute at Notre Dame. In addition, students can apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support their work on an original undergraduate research project, an internship, a national or international service opportunity, or international study after their first year.

Building on the very best that Notre Dame has to offer, Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars get faculty and peer mentorship, community-based service learning and research opportunities, career counseling and support, and the strong bonds of friendship built on common challenges and aspirations.

BHSP’s support has enabled more than 600 program alumni and 97 current students to become visionary leaders in their programs of study, in the Notre Dame community, and in their lives as proud alumni of the University of Notre Dame.