Latino Studies Scholars Program

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The University of Notre Dame’s Latino Studies Scholars Program (LSSP) is a merit-based scholarship and accompanying curriculum designed to attract and shape leaders working to support and empower Latino communities. 


The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) created the program as part of its mission to advance the understanding of the fastest-growing and youngest population in the United States and the Catholic Church.

“Leaders in education, the professions, the arts, the Church, business, and politics cannot be successful if they lack core knowledge about Latinos,” said Timothy Matovina, ILS co-director and professor of theology. “The Latino Studies Scholars Program is at the heart of efforts at the Institute for Latino Studies and Notre Dame to equip our students with the training they need to be transformative leaders.”


  • Scholars are awarded $25,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study at Notre Dame ($100,000 over all four years) in addition to any need-based aid received.
  • Up to $5,000 per summer for three summers to fund enrichment activities such as internships, conferences and study abroad
  • Overseen by ILS, the program provides a curriculum, internships and research opportunities to engage the cohort of scholars in Latino Studies


Both students of Latino and non-Latino origin are eligible, and, once selected, scholars may enroll in any college or major at Notre Dame. The most significant qualification will be a student’s demonstrated interest in and commitment to the future of Latino communities in the United States.


As with all merit-based scholarships at Notre Dame, selections for the Latino Studies Scholars Program are made as part of the admission process. A completed application for admission is considered a student’s application for all merit aid. Candidates may be contacted directly, usually in late January, with a request for additional information (e.g. interview, essay, etc.) prior to selection, and finalists will be notified of next steps. Learn more here.      

The University expects to enroll a cohort of four funded Latino Studies Scholars in the program’s first year (2017-18) with a planned increase of up to 16 scholars in future years.

We invite you to read the news release about the program's launch and review our list of frequently asked questions

For more information, email or call 574.631.1141.

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Through the Latino Studies Scholars Program, Notre Dame is demonstrating its commitment to develop the next generation of leaders who are committed to expand the common good. One cannot be such a leader in any sector without a deep understanding of Latino communities, the largest ethnoracial group in the country and in the Catholic Church. — Luis Ricardo Fraga, co-director of the ILS, Notre Dame Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, and Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science.