Besio Family Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame

Besio Family Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame

Besio Family Scholarship is an opportunity that is open to undergraduate students who have proven outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service. The scholarship is reserved only for the field of engineering and business.

Scholarships given out by the Besio Family are totally different or separate from any other forms of financial aid that students may be eligible for and receive. The scholarship is available for a duration of four years which means that the award will automatically expire four years after the date of the student’s initial enrollment as a merit scholar.


Here is a list of awards to be awarded to the Besio Family Scholars;

  • An annual award of $25,000 toward the cost of tuition for a duration of up to four years of undergraduate study, for a total of $100,000. This award is independent of any financial aid that a scholar may qualify for and receive.
  • Mandatory participation in a funded one-week Outward Bound Wilderness Leadership Canoe Expedition in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota.
  • Eligibility to apply for use of a Besio enrichment fund for academic research projects and professional development opportunities throughout four years at Notre Dame.

To be Eligible

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be able to apply for the Besio Family Scholarship;

  • Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate enrollment.
  • Applicant must be able to maintain a 0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). If a scholar’s cumulative GPA falls below this requirement at the conclusion of their second semester of freshman year, or at the conclusion of any semester thereafter, they will be placed on scholarship probation and retain the scholarship for the next semester. They will then have the opportunity to reestablish a cumulative GPA over 3.0. If for two consecutive semesters they have a cumulative average below 3.0, the scholarship will be revoked for the following semester. Besio Scholars will regain their scholarships if their cumulative average returns to 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicant must have an academic intent in engineering or business. If a scholar decides to change their academic intent, they must notify the Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program after three semesters of study in order to switch to another scholarship. Scholars will be moved to another merit scholarship with the equivalent tuition scholarship award. However, if a scholar received enrichment funding as part of their original award, this funding will no longer be guaranteed.
  • Applicant must be able to maintain a good academic and disciplinary standing. If a scholar is subject to academic or disciplinary probation or dismissal, they will automatically lose their scholarship and status as a scholar and will not be reconsidered.
  • Applicant must have received the University scholarship consideration which should be given for a maximum of eight semesters. Scholarship eligibility is not extended to account for any semester(s) the scholar did not meet scholarship requirements.

How to Apply

For more information on the Besio Family Scholarship and To begin your application, visit the scholarship page at;

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