Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Academy's commitment to financial aid and scholarships is at the heart of who we are as a school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Creating a scholarship is a meaningful way to provide the gift of an NDA education to a deserving student who may not otherwise have the financial means. A scholarship fund can also recognize merit or special talents.

Donations to NDA's Financial Aid Fund help NDA fulfill a more than $700,000 annual commitment to our students and their families.

Giving Opportunities

Financial Aid

While we do our best to keep NDA affordable, the full cost of tuition can be too much for some families. Financial aid can make the difference.

With limited resources available for financial aid, these need-based grants seldom exceed fifty percent of tuition. Your donation can make an NDA education possible, whether your gift provides a full financial aid grant for one student ($10,000), or is pooled with other gifts to impact many promising young women and their families.

Named Scholarships

A named scholarship can be a special way to pay tribute to a beloved family member, honor an inspired faculty member, or remember a friend. Gifts of $50,000 or more can establish a fund, the interest from which is distributed annually in support of a current student. Donors work with staff to create criteria that best represent their intentions.

Alumnae Leadership Council

The Alumnae Leadership Council was created to recognize those graduates who make an ongoing commitment to support the next generation. Membership is extended to those who pledge a minimum gift of $1,000 to financial aid annually for a minimum of four years.

If you are interested in establishing a scholarship at NDA, wish to support an existing fund or financial aid, please contact Lynn Page Flaherty, Chief Advancement Officer, at 781.749.5930, ext. 2235 or lflaherty@ndahingham.com.

Current Scholarship Funds

Asta Aleksonis Memorial Scholarship

The Asta Aleksonis Memorial Scholarship was established by the Aleksonis family in memory of Asta, a member of the Class of 1977. This scholarship is presented to a freshman with a 90% or higher grade in Theology.

Sister Barbara A. Barry, SNDdeN '69 Fund

Notre Dame Academy’s Board of Directors created the Sister Barbara A. Barry, SNDdeN '69 Fund in honorof the school’s first president, Sister Barbara A. Barry, SNDdeN ’69. For nearly two decades, Sister Barbara dedicated herself to helping young women find their voices. Under her leadership, the Academy grew and expanded, always guided by Saint Julie Billiart’s instruction that schools should “teach whatever is necessary to equip the students for life.”

Sister Marie Barry, SNDdeN Memorial Scholarship Grant

The Sister Marie Barry SNDdeN Memorial Scholarship Grant was established in 2008 by an anonymous alumna in memory of her favorite English teacher. Sister Marie was President of Emmanuel College in Boston from 1969 to 1975, and then came to teach at Notre Dame Academy, Hingham.

Sister Marie challenged her students, and never settled for mediocrity. She was part of a faculty that allows students to achieve their full potential. To that end, this scholarship is awarded to a student who meets her challenges in life and continues to strive within the Notre Dame community.

The successful candidate is a current freshman with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. She must also have a parent that is ill at the time of application. If no freshman can be found that meets these criteria, other students will be considered by School Administrators.

The NDA Boosters Scholarship

The NDA Boosters Scholarship is given annually to a varsity athlete in her junior year who best exemplifies the program’s belief in a “Christ-like attitude above winning at any cost.” Students must submit a short statement outlining their views on sportsmanship and leadership, explaining what participating in a sport at NDA means to them.

The Brambilla Family Scholarship

The Brambilla Family Scholarship was established in 2008 by Mary Brambilla McFarland, a member of the Class of 1957, Roxbury in appreciation of the education she and her niece Stephanie Brambilla Doyle, Class of 1994, received at Notre Dame Academy.

This scholarship is offered to a current freshman. It is renewable through the end of a student’s senior year provided that the student continues to meet the criteria. The successful applicant must demonstrate financial need, have a 3.0 grade point average, and show evidence of her appreciation of an NDA education as addressed in a required essay. The student must reflect the principals of the Academy, exhibiting strength of character and faith.

Diane Cudd Capodilupo '63 Scholarship

The Diane Cudd Capodilupo ’63 Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to an incoming freshman for each of her four years at NDA. It is awarded every four years.

Colleen Clancy Memorial Scholarship

The Clancy family gives this scholarship in memory of Colleen Clancy '99. While a student at NDA, Colleen was an active member of the community who loved participating in Campus Ministry and pursued musical interests. The Clancy Scholarship is given to students who are involved in the NDA community.

Erin & Allison Darling Scholarship

The Darling family honors the memory of their daughters Erin '99 and Allison '02 with this scholarship supporting students from the town of Pembroke.

Ruth H. DeGiacomo GP'97 '07 Memorial Scholarship

The Ruth H. DeGiacomo GP'97 '07 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a rising sophomore and will provide financial assistance for three years. Recipients will be actively involved members of the NDA community who’ve demonstrated a commitment to their NDA education.

Marie D’Amora Dilley ’50 Memorial Scholarship

Created and funded by Mr. Dennis Dilley, the Marie D’Amora Dilley ’50 Memorial Scholarship is an award that will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition. Through this award, Mr. Dilley will honor the life of his wife Marie.

The Marie D’Amora Dilley ’50 Memorial Scholarship will be funded through an annual gift of $1,000 to Notre Dame Academy made by Mr. Dilley.

The Marie D’Amora Dilley ’50 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student from Scituate, in good standing at Notre Dame Academy, who has maintained a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrates great financial need. No more than one award will be granted per year.

Catherine H. Doyle Scholarship

The Doyle family established the Catherine H. Doyle Scholarship in memory of Mrs. Doyle, one of the first lay teachers at NDA. Mrs. Doyle, mother of four graduates, taught at NDA for 30 years and touched the lives of many students and co-workers. It is awarded to a current junior who will be a member of the Advanced Placement English class during her senior year.

The New Catherine H. Doyle Scholarship

The New Catherine H. Doyle Scholarship is funded through the generosity of an alumna and her husband. The scholarship is given in memory of a beloved teacher, Mrs. Catherine “Cappi” Doyle, who taught English at NDA for over thirty years. Mrs. Doyle had a wonderful impact on the lives of so many Notre Dame students and lived each day in pursuit of new knowledge.

Joseph H. Findley Scholarship

The Joseph H. Findley Scholarship is given in memory of Joseph Findley by his family. It is awarded to a student who maintains good academic standing while participating in athletics.

Paul and Helen Ganley Scholarship

Mary Ganley Montanari, Class of 1971, established the Paul and Helen Ganley Scholarship in memory of her parents. It is awarded to a current student in good academic standing who possesses strong character and an affinity for English, foreign languages, or mathematics. The recipient is highly motivated and career-oriented.

Brian H. Gaughan Scholarship

The Brian H. Gaughan Scholarship was established by the Gaughan family in memory of Brian. Many of his family members are alumnae: his mother, Barbara Hession Gaughan, Class of 1941 Granby, his sister-in-law Kathy Fenn Gaughan, Class of 1973, and his niece Molly Gaughan, Class of 2006.

Katherine H. Gaughan Scholarship

The Katherine H. Gaughan Scholarship is generously given in memory of Kate Gaughan, Class of 1999. It is awarded to a student from Quincy.

Rev. Charles Glennon & Sr. Magdalen Julie Wallace, SNDdeN Scholarship

Marie Glennon, Class of 1921, established this award in memory of her brother, Father Glennon, and her dear friend, Sister Magdalen Julie. Sister Magdalen Julie taught at NDA for many years and was a member of the Board of Trustees. This scholarship is open to current sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing a career in science.

The Laura Guidoboni ’10 Scholarship Fund

The Laura Guidoboni ’10 Scholarship Fund shall be used to provide scholarship assistance to Academy students who are residents of Kingston or the Silver Lake School District who have an interest in arts or athletics, and demonstrated financial need.

Anne Lynch Grant

The Anne Lynch Grant was established in honor of beloved science teacher, Anne Lynch, one of the first lay teachers at NDA. Mrs. Lynch is also the mother of two alumnae and grandmother to two alumnae. The grant is awarded to sophomore or junior interested in science.

John H. MacKinnon Scholarship

Established in honor of Mr. MacKinnon, former chair of the NDA Board of Directors and the father of two NDA alumnae. It is awarded to an incoming freshman.

Margaret A. and Donald J. MacRae Memorial Scholarship

Jill MacRae, Class of 1979, Martha MacRae, Class of 1985, and their sister Leslie, created this scholarship in honor of their parents Margaret and Donald MacRae. This grant is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.

William McDonough Scholarship

The William McDonough Scholarship was established by the McDonough family to honor and celebrate the life of sportswriter Will McDonough. His sisters, Margaret McDonough and Sister Mary Martina McDonough, SNDdeN, were devoted teachers at NDA for many years. Will's daughters are alumnae: Erin 1982, and Cara 2001. This award is open to juniors who participate in one or more aspects of the NDA sports program.

Meade – O’Connor – Holt Scholarship Fund

The Meade – O’Connor – Holt Scholarship Fund was established in November 1997 by Katherine Holt P’87, Nancy Holt ’87, and the late William J. Meade, Jr. in memory of Nora Christine (Meade) O’Connor.

Nora C. Meade was a native Bostonian, born at the turn of the twentieth century. After the death of her mother, Nora was raised in a Catholic orphanage in South Boston. As a young woman, she supported herself as a housekeeper and nanny until her marriage to Daniel J. O’Connor on New Year’s Day 1924. She and her husband raised two children during the Depression years and would not be parted from each other until Daniel’s death in 1965. Nora continued helping other, aiding her widowed daughter in raising her young children during the 1980s. Her soul’s light still shined brightly until her death, at home, in 1991.

In her 91 years, she lived through several wars and conflicts, the Great Depression and the reshaping of the map of the modern world as we know it. She experienced advances in transportation from a horse drawn buggy to the advent of the space age; and communication improvement from the telegram to the breaking news via satellite television. Throughout these momentous technological, social, and economic changes, she remained strong in her identity as a modern woman. She was a woman capable of providing for herself and for others, of facing life’s challenges and setbacks with an unshakable faith in her abilities and purpose in life. This gift is one she shared with her daughter, Katherine and granddaughter, Nancy. And through this scholarship, her light will continue to shine through the eyes of other modern women, who face even more moral and ethical dilemmas today.

Applicant must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior who maintains a GPA of 2.5 or better. Applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

Regina Duane Merenda Scholarship

Agostino Merenda established the Regina Duane Merenda Scholarship in memory of his wife, a member of the Class of 1933. It is open to current sophomores and juniors involved in one or more aspects of NDA's Fine Arts program, including art, music and drama.

Maribeth Merrigan '87 Memorial Scholarship

The Maribeth Merrigan '87 Memorial Scholarship was established by the Merrigan family in memory of their daughter and sister, Maribeth '87.

Sister Anne Monica Ruane, SNDdeN Scholarship

The Sister Anne Monica Ruane, SNDdeN Scholarship was established at Sister Anne's retirement in 1996 in grateful appreciation for 14 years of service to NDA as principal. This scholarship is awarded to a current junior who has been greatly involved in the NDA community.

Sister Mary-Elizabeth Sheehan, SNDdeN Grant

This scholarship was established in memory of Sister Mary-Elizabeth Sheehan, a longtime faculty member at Notre Dame Academy and a Sister of Notre Dame for nearly 70 years. She was an educator at Notre Dame schools for more than 50 years and at NDA she taught English and world history. Later in her career, she worked in the library and conducted a book club with students. We are grateful to an anonymous donor for her generosity in establishing this 2 year scholarship for an incoming 7th grader.

Jane Drohan Suleski Future Achievement Award

Robert Suleski created the Jane Drohan Suleski Future Achievement Award in memory of his wife, Jane, Class of 1947. It is awarded to a current junior who exemplifies the quality that the Suleski family values greatly - perseverance in all things.

The Carroll Sullivan Family Fund

The Carroll Sullivan Family Fund was established in honor of Bertha Carroll Sullivan’s (Class of 1942 Roxbury) 90th birthday by her children, including alumnae MaryCarroll Sullivan ’68 and Patricia Sullivan LePrie ’69. This grant is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need.

Christine Welch-Gillis '92 Scholarship

The Christine Welch-Gillis Scholarship is given in memory of Christine Welch Gillis ’92 and helps a deserving student continue her NDA education. The candidate must exhibit perseverance in her academic work, show a strong interest in her Church, and express a desire to travel.

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