The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies at Peking’s new Yenching Academy.
Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Emily Vincent discovered Chunmiao Little Flower on a service trip during high school in 2013. There, she learned the extent of China’s issue with orphaned and abandoned children. There are an estimated 600,000 abandoned children in China—98 percent of whom have disabilities.
Scholar Kyle Witzigman won a 2016-2017 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Vietnam.
Jake Grefenstette, won the prestigious Yenching Scholarship to pursue a graduate degree at Peking University in China.
Scholar Abby Davis '16 gave the 2016 valedictory address at the 2016 Commencement ceremony.
Hesburgh-Yusko alumna Kathleen Brennan is the recipient of a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship.
Abby Davis, a political science major from Avon Lake, Ohio, has been named valedictorian of the 2016 University of Notre Dame graduating class and will present the valedictory address during the 171st University Commencement Ceremony on May 15 (Sunday) at Notre Dame Stadium.
A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Davis is also a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and has a 3.99 cumulative grade point average. She will graduate with minors in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and Russian.
Junior scholar Caleb Pine is the winner of the 2016 Truman Scholarship.
Margaret Thomann, a sophomore Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, is the only undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame to be awared a USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship.
Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program alumna Kathleen Brennan received an invitation from the Irish government to attend the Ireland 2016 Diaspora Gala Event in Dublin on March 16. She will join Professor Briona Nic Dhiarmada and other Notre Dame representatives as well as Irish President Higgins, dignitaries, Liam Neeson and many more at a red carpet event where the film version of 1916 The Irish Rebellion will premier.
2015 USAID Fellow and Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Meghan Gallagher spent two months in Stellenbosch, South Africa working with The Reach Trust, an organization that provides mobile technology as educational resources. Meghan worked closely with an after school program, The Pebbles Project, and experienced the challenges and inequalities within the South African school system.
HY Scholar Zoe Rae Rote was featured by the United Nations World Food Programme for her work with Notre Dame's World Hunger Coalition.