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Notre Dame to offer three merit scholarships

Notre Dame High School will award three incoming freshmen with Merit Scholarships starting for the 2019-20 academic school year, according to a statement provided by the school in Lawrenceville.

The first scholarship, “The Fitzpatrick Family Academic Merit Scholarship” includes full tuition offered to one student. While “The Mary Ann Liptak Academic Merit Scholarship” will be half tuition awarded to two students, according to the statement.

“Our continued commitment to keep Notre Dame education affordable will now include the addition of three merit based scholarships offered to academically strong incoming freshmen,” said Notre Dame High School President Mary Liz Fitzpatrick in the statement. “The awarding of these scholarships will recognize their hard work and commitment to becoming a member of the Notre Dame community.”

The selections for the scholarships will be based on the student’s scores in the High School Placement Test (HSPT) or the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT), as well as an essay submitted by the students. The scholarships are open to all applicants and will be renewable yearly for students who maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

The essays that must be submitted by the applicants will be in response to one of two prompts, according to the statement.

Essay Prompt A: Parents and teachers tell us to “do our best.” How do you know when you are doing the best you can do? How can being told to “do your best” be a challenge?

Essay Prompt B: “I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson. What does it mean for a young adult in 2019 to “dwell in possibility?”

Finalists will be chosen from the essays and will then participate in student interviews with administrators and faculty members. The winning applicants will be chosen out of those interviews.

All applicants must have their student scores and student essays submitted to the Notre Dame Admissions Office by Feb. 2. The students may also email their scores and essays to Mrs. Laura Sarubbi at sarubbi@ndnj.org.

The three students who are awarded the scholarships will be notified in writing by March 10.

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