Trailblazer Scholars Program
The transition to college is tough, and as a first-generation college student, you may find yourself facing issues and challenges that other students do not encounter. That's why we created the Trailblazer Program.
The Trailblazer Scholars Program will act not only as a source of continued support for navigating through the jungle of college life, but also as a place for learning and encountering others who understand where you are coming from.
In the Trailblazer Scholars Program, there will be several opportunities to learn and grow as you make the transition to college life. Each student will have a “Big Sister” — a junior or senior who is a first-generation student herself. Big Sisters will act as mentors, helping students learn the ropes and master the secrets that lead to academic success.
Students will also meet and network with successful Notre Dame graduates who were first-generation college students. They will give advice and guidance as you work toward starting your own career. In addition, there is an opportunity to attend Academic Success and College Transition workshops designed exclusively for first-generation students.
During your first year in the program, you will be given the opportunity to attend workshops to foster academic success. These workshops will cover topics such as studying, learning how to use campus resources to find employment and internships, and how to write a successful paper. Students are also encouraged to attend social and wellness programming such as movie nights and discussions on how to navigate the corporate world.
Additionally, there is a required service-learning project that you will participate in to gain a deeper appreciation of the value of a college education. Finally, you will be required to participate in a research project, working with a faculty mentor, in order to officially complete the program.
The Trailblazer Scholars Program for first-generation college students was founded by Notre Dame in part due to a grant that was received from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Wal-Mart Foundation.
The Trailblazer Scholars application can be completed online. A paper copy will also be available this summer at registration days and at fall orientation. If you would like preliminary information about the program now, please refer your questions to Elizabeth Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-532-5813.