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Nicholas Furnari '18 Scholarship Recipient

Nicholas Furnari '18 Scholarship Recipient

Nicholas is a Class of 2018 Honors Anthropology major. He was a recipient of the Eleanor Haffey Towle scholarship fund, which assists deserving undergraduate students that have demonstrated financial need.

For Nicholas, the impact of the Notre Dame family reached him before he even set foot on the University's campus. Neither Nicholas's academic opportunities nor family resources were positioning him for college. In fact, Nicholas was close to dropping out of high school when he met a Notre Dame Graduate who recognized Nicholas' passion for reading. This encounter with a member of the Notre Dame family helped Nicholas become involved in Notre Dame's Summer Scholars Program in 2012 and encouraged him to apply to Notre Dame. After participating in Summer Scholars, Nicholas became his class valedictorian. A scholarship funded by a planned gift expanded Nicholas' academic support system, enabling Nicholas and his family to afford a Notre Dame education.

The first year at Notre Dame was a significant adjustment for Nicholas, however he thrived academically and in addition to his anthropology coursework, Nicholas loves physics and took these classes as electives. Nicholas worked 20 hours a week his senior year at Notre Dame between the Office of Housing and tutoring student athletes.

Nicholas had numerous transformative opportunities while on campus; he forged a community for himself in Fisher Hall, worked as a hall manager, camp counselor, and summer school teacher. He also participated in a Summer Service Learning Project, and conducted academic research. For Nicholas, his scholarship represented not the end of a journey but rather just the beginning. Nicholas would like benefactors to know that a scholarship has a larger purpose than changing the life of someone like himself. Scholarships enable students like Nicholas to one day also give back to the University that has given him so much.


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