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Impact Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to Notre Dame and others.

Student Stories
  • Erin Hayes '18 Scholarship Recipient
    Thanks to her time at Notre Dame, Erin discovered her calling while studying in Washington, D.C., along with the means to pursue it.
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  • Raul Lema '18 Scholarship Recipient
    With the help of a scholarship funded through a planned gift, native of Bolivia Raul Lema experienced a world class education at Notre Dame.
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  • Sophie Lillis '18 Scholarship Recipient
    Religion was always an important of Sophie's life, but the opportunity to attend Notre Dame enabled her to explore and deepen her faith in ways she never imagined.
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  • Nicholas Furnari '18 Scholarship Recipient
    In high school, Nicholas was not even considering attending college when he met a Notre Dame graduate who inspired him to aim higher.
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  • Michael O'Brien '19 Scholarship Recipient
    When his mother became ill while Michael was in high school, the family was unsure if he would realize his dream of attending Notre Dame. A scholarship funded through a planned gift made this dream a reality.
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  • Leah Landry '17 Scholarship Recipient
    Throughout her life, Leah Landry has been motivated to make a difference and enact change. She sought a university that would empower her to fulfill that mission.
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  • Ryan Boccabella '16, Scholarship Recipient
    Ryan is appreciative of the numerous opportunities he was given while at Notre Dame, all thanks to a planned gift scholarship.
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  • Jeremy Dancu '15, Scholarship Recipient
    Jeremy is always mindful of the generosity that brought him to Notre Dame.
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  • John Mullaney '13
    In a letter to the benefactors who made his scholarship possible, John says thank you and expresses his intention to pay it back through his future giving.
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  • Maggie Skoch '16, Scholarship Recipient
    Throughout a college journey filled with ups and downs, Maggie never gave up on her dream of graduating from the University of Notre Dame.
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  • Annie Zou '18 Scholarship Recipient
    New York City native Annie Zou did not know all that Notre Dame had to offer but was convinced during her visit her senior year of high school that Notre Dame was the place for her.
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Impact Stories

  • Gabrielle Tate '11, Scholarship Recipient
    During her time at Notre Dame, Gabrielle learned what it means to be "tender, strong, and true." She is now putting those values to work, teaching fourth-grade math in Houston.
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  • Cathy and Jack Brennan
    Jack and Cathy Brennan Repay 'Tremendous Gift' from Notre Dame
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  • LeRoy Brown '52
    The Gift of a Lifetime LeRoy Brown '52 Shows Dedication to Law School Through Planned Giving
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  • Kathy and Hank '66, '69 J.D. Catenacci Family
    For eight straight years, virtually the entire salary of Hank Catenacci's mother, a supervisor at RCA in New Jersey-went to pay Notre Dame tuition for her sons, both of whom are Double Domers.
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  • Bob Conway '66, '05 J.D.
    Conway Finds Many Reasons to Participate with the ND Endowment
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  • Ruth and Paul D'Antonio
    Paul and Ruth D'Antonio's first gifts to Notre Dame were the tips that Paul would receive at Christmas time from his work as a mail carrier in Swarthmore, PA.
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  • Florence Dailey
    Her "Simple" Gift Will Benefit Notre Dame Students Forever
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  • Drs. Richard and Elizabeth Elmore
    Drs. Richard and Elizabeth Elmore met while they were both in graduate school at Notre Dame at a party after the first home football game against Purdue in 1968...
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  • Mary and Bill Fitter
    For England native Bill Fitter, the decision to attend medical school at the National University of Ireland, Galway, was the turning point of his life...
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  • John Gaski '71, '73 M.B.A.
    "It's not difficult to create a will, but it is important. The best time to do it is when you're young-and you'll never be younger than you are right now." -John Gaski
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  • Jim '51 and Jane Gillis
    Up to Bat for ND Students
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  • Joan '74 and Barry Gluck Family
    Combining an Outright Gift with a Trust to Reach Personal Goals
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  • Bill '54 and Joan Hank
    Bill and Joan Hank Provide for Future Generations at Notre Dame with a Gift That Pays Income
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  • Ellen Margaret Hayes
    Faith, family, education: this is the enduring legacy that Ellen Margaret Hayes passed on to her children, along with a joyful spirit and her great passion for music.
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  • Martin (Marty) and Jan Hiller
    Martin (Marty) and Jan Hiller met as freshmen at Trine University located in the far northeastern portion of Indiana (Angola) and married soon after graduation...
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  • Diane, Gary '83 and Peter '82 Kaneb
    Brothers Utilize ND Investment Expertise with Donor-Advised Fund
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  • Joe Mulligan '59 and Vince Naimoli '59
    '59 Grads Leverage Structured Gifts to Advance ACE
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  • John '64 and Judy Scully
    John '64 and Judy Scully Use IRA to Help Fund - "a Better World"
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  • Richard Skelton '12
    Third-Generation Badin Guild Member Richard Skelton Gives Back in Gratitude
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  • Michael J. Stephan '84
    Michael Stephan is well-versed in Notre Dame tradition. His grandfather earned a monogram in track at Notre Dame. A generation later...
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