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Leah Landry '17 Scholarship Recipient

Leah Landry '17 Scholarship Recipient

Leah Landry is a Class of 2017 Political Science major with supplementary Peace Studies, Spanish, and Business Economics minors. Leah was the recipient of the Joan Hoffman DeCrane Scholarship for highly talented students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75, are on the Dean's List and are worthy of financial support.

Leah seeks to make a difference and enact change, a mission inspired by her transformative time studying at Notre Dame. Throughout her life, Leah had always loved school and sought a university that would challenge her academically, and a scholarship funded through a planned gift led her to choose Notre Dame as the institution that would do just that.

While Leah came into Notre Dame intending to study science, she quickly found her passion in Political Science and switched her major. From there, she delved deeply into areas that transformed her way of thinking, taking a particular interest in Peace Studies. Leah could feel the importance of work in Peace Studies almost immediately, as they taught her how to make structural systemic changes and thus directly challenge overarching problems in society. In line with this mission, Leah worked for three years on the student-run Peace Conference Committee, serving as its co-chair during her senior year, helping to bring peace-related issues from around the world to the fore for discussion at Notre Dame.

During Leah's time at Notre Dame, she served as an RA in Farley Hall and also got involved with the South Bend community through the Reading for Life program, a mentoring program for young people in juvenile detention.

Currently, Leah is doing a year of service at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a restorative justice organization on the south side of Chicago through which Leah hopes to bring all she learned about community-building and social transformation to life. Leah's long-term plans are to study either law, social work or public policy so that she can continue making an impact at the system level.

Leah believes that scholarships, such as those offered through the generosity of planned gift benefactors and the one that enabled her to attend Notre Dame, are essential to fostering a student body enriched by diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


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