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College of Notre Dame of Maryland Joins with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to Transform Lives

July 12, 2010

College of Notre Dame of Maryland is joining with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to assure a college education for the seven young women of Baltimore’s Boys Hope Girls Hope. The scholarships will cover 100 percent of the cost of education for four years, including tuition, room, board and fees—a commitment valued at more than $1 million.

“These extraordinary young women are transforming their lives with the help of their mothers and the community. Now they also have a home here at Notre Dame, where remarkable women have been educated since 1873 to transform the world,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., president of Notre Dame. “Notre Dame has been a strong partner with Boys Hope Girls Hope since its founding. We are excited that the dream of a girls’ home is now becoming a reality.”

The girls and their mothers won’t need to wait to wear the College’s blue and white. Notre Dame’s promise begins immediately: mentoring, peer support and career and academic counseling, for the girls and their mothers, will be made available over the course of the girls’ high school and college experience. 

Loyola University Maryland is making similar scholarship offers to the exemplary young men of Boys Hope Girls Hope. 

The Extreme Makeover team is constructing a residence for the girls in Northeast Baltimore on land purchased by Boys Hope Girls Hope several years ago. The finished girls’ home, which will be down the street from the boys’ home, will be revealed on a two-hour special on ABC in September.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is part of an international program to provide a supportive residential environment to gifted teens, so that they can excel academically and achieve their dreams. The students are enrolled in their city’s best schools and given academic and emotional support. The boys’ home was established in Baltimore in 2002, while the girls’ program has remained a day program. It was the young men of Boys Hope Girls Hope who reached out to Extreme Makeover so that the girls could have a home, too. 

Notre Dame’s partnership with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore dates back to the founding of the program in 2002. College administrators have provided consistent support to the program, holding leadership roles with the organization as volunteers, mentors and board members. 

The young men of Boys Hope Girls Hope are already part of the Notre Dame campus, where they have held jobs to earn money for college, gain training and experience, and develop interviewing and employment skills. The Baltimore program’s founding executive director is a graduate of the College—as one of Notre Dame’s first Knott Scholars he completed his masters in nonprofit management. During the Christmas season, Boys Hope Girls Hope is a central focus of the College’s annual fundraising.

“At Notre Dame, we encourage our students and graduates to grab on to excellence and never let go!” said President Seurkamp. “The Extreme Makeover team has truly ‘grabbed on to excellence’ by choosing this project. And Notre Dame will certainly never let go!”

The Emmy-award-winning reality program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now entering its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is chairman of Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8-9 p.m., ET on ABC.

Founded in 1873 and established as a four-year college in 1895, College of Notre Dame of Maryland was the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award a four-year baccalaureate degree. Today, as a leader among Maryland’s independent colleges, the Notre Dame provides the benefits of a private, liberal arts education to an ethnically diverse student body with various faith traditions and socio-economic backgrounds. The College’s Weekend and Accelerated colleges offer flexible programs for working women and men. Graduate Studies in education, nursing, management, communication and liberal studies prepare students to be leaders in their field. In fall 2009 the College welcomed its inaugural class to the School of Pharmacy.

Nationally Recognized Leader in Higher Education
The 2010 list of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report ranked College of Notre Dame of Maryland in the Best Universities-Master’s North category. The College was also named by the Fulbright Program to a listing of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright students in the 2009-10 academic year.

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College of Notre Dame of Maryland educates women as leaders to transform the world. Embracing the vision of the founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the College provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. Distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs challenge women and men to strive for intellectual and professional excellence, to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others and to promote social responsibility.

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