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Colleen Wilcox | July 13, 2018 

Nicole Lee can still remember the day that she learned an important lesson about responsibility. She was five years old at the time and accidently broke her father’s binoculars. Fear quickly set in, as she worried about the repercussions. Fighting back tears, she made the decision to confess. It’s what happened next that has stuck with Lee for thirteen years

“As angry and upset as he was, he didn’t yell at me,” Lee says. “Instead, he told me that it was okay to break things, to make mistakes and to fail, as long as I owned up to it, took responsibility, and learned from it.”

For Lee, it was a defining moment. She believes it gave her a sense of self-responsibility. It also helped shape her into a leader. She was accepted into a prestigious and highly competitive high school in Hong Kong, where she was elected to the role of head prefect by faculty. Lee also served as an ambassador for the school in several other roles, including the captain of the underwater robotics team and the alto section leader of the school’s chamber choir. 

Lee’s leadership skills also captured the attention of the Notre Dame Greater China Scholars Program selection committee, made up of Notre Dame faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents. Every year, twenty students who represent the highest caliber of academic excellence in Greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) are selected to participate in the Greater China Scholar Weekend, hosted at the Beijing Global Gateway.This past March, Lee was admitted into the Greater China Scholars program, along with a scholarship to support her attendance at the University of Notre Dame. Scholarship funding is provided by Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Global Endowment for Excellence and the Frank Reilly Endowment for Excellence. She was also invited to join the Glynn Family Honors Program, as well as the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, which supports and encourages a number of international students to have a transformational effect on the Notre Dame community. Lee accepted and will attend Notre Dame this fall. 

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