Transformational Leaders Program

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The Transformational Leaders Program endeavors to support some of our highest potential undergraduate students with a comprehensive portfolio of services and opportunities to enhance their Notre Dame experience.


By streamlining connections to the many opportunities the University has to offer, the Transformational Leaders Program serves students’ academic, social, and spiritual development, paying particular attention to differential preparedness and resource needs on a student-by-student basis. The aim is to help each scholar reach their academic and intellectual goals while staying healthy, grounded, and connected.

Our most important and precious resource as a campus community is our students. The Transformational Leaders Program sits squarely at the intersection of our commitment to student development and our responsibility to nurture the promise of future leaders.

Inaugural Cohort of Scholars

Notre Dame is proud to be one of 45 national partners with the QuestBridge National College Match Program. For the 2021–22 academic year, all QuestBridge students will be invited to become members of the program.

University Commitment

The Transformational Leaders Program represents a commitment to:

  • Comprehensively support students to improve, enhance, and ensure academic and post-graduate success.
  • Create cohorts of dedicated, community-minded leaders who support one another in their personal and professional aspirations.
  • Provide physical space for gathering, studying, and collaborating.
  • Support the development of leadership, communication, and networking skills.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Enrichment and other campus entities to provide additional material support when needed for the program’s students to flourish at Notre Dame. 

Benefits to Students

Students who opt into the program can expect: 

  • Mentoring by and connection to the program’s director and staff.
  • Intensive advising in collaboration with first-year and college advisers.
  • Community programming and social opportunities, including over campus breaks.
  • Opportunities for paid summer research and/or summer school study with housing.
  • A dedicated gathering and study space (220 Main Building) open Monday–Friday during University business hours.
  • Material support for typical campus undertakings readily available to all students.

Program Leadership

The program is led by two members of the Notre Dame faculty who consult regularly with the student-led campus QuestBridge organization.

Maria McKenna

Maria McKenna

Director of the Transformational Leaders Program

Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Africana Studies and Education, Schooling, & Society Program

(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr.

(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr.

Vice President for Institutional Transformation and Advisor

Professor of Theology and Africana Studies


Students and parents/caregivers interested in learning more about the Transformational Leaders Program are invited to contact us.

Campus Resources

Office of Student Enrichment (OSE)

OSE aims to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment so that every new generation of Domers finds a home and flourishes at Notre Dame.

More About OSE

Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS)

MSPS provides support for historically underrepresented students on campus through academic initiatives, cultural enrichment programs, student organizations, and by connecting students to the alumni network.

More About MSPS

Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)

CUSE creates opportunities for students to pursue research and creative endeavors by helping them find faculty mentors, funding, presentation/publication outlets, and other resources.

More About CUSE

Center for Student Support and Care

Connecting Notre Dame students with academic, social, physical, mental, financial, and spiritual support, the Center for Student Support and Care is dedicated to providing comprehensive, individualized care.

More About Student Support and Care