Dennis Brown | September 11, 2017
Members of the Notre Dame family have made a generous gift to the University to establish the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship as part of the Fighting Irish Initiative for student aid.
Named in honor of the baseball icon who overcame racism and bigotry throughout his career, the scholarship will be awarded to under-represented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students at the University. Aaron attended a private event on campus Friday night (Sept. 8) in recognition of the gift.
The Fighting Irish Initiative funds the total cost of attendance for low-income students to attend Notre Dame — including tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses. At the same time, the initiative provides a comprehensive enrichment program that helps these students get the most from their Notre Dame experience.
“The Fighting Irish Initiative reflects our steadfast commitment to ensure that the talented students admitted to Notre Dame can attend and find a supportive home here,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “Hank Aaron embodies the determination of all those who seek to fulfill their dreams, and we are grateful for the work he and his wife, Billye, have done — and are doing — to help so many young people pursue fulfilling lives.”
Created in concert with the University’s dedication to caring for the whole person, the Fighting Irish Initiative’s enrichment programs are customized to help students acclimate and adjust to a collegiate environment. The initiative also provides everything from warm winter clothing and a laptop computer, to help with move-in expenses and tickets to join their classmates at cultural, athletics and other events.