Division of Student Affairs awards scholarships to student leaders

Author: Kate Morgan

The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recently awarded scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year to four junior undergraduate students in recognition of their demonstrated leadership on campus and beyond.

After reviewing nominations from across campus, a selection committee composed of representatives from within and outside the division awarded the Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship to Shelene Baiyee and Madeleine Heyn and the Hipp-Beeler Scholarship to Eric Kim and Benjamin Sullivan.

The criterion for each scholarship is demonstrated leadership in residence hall programs, spiritual activities, community service, student government, student activities, entrepreneurial projects, interhall sports or any combination of these or other activities in the area of student life.

Established by Mike Harper in 1995, the Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship encourages recipients to develop leadership qualities similar to those of Lou Holtz. A double major in biological sciences and Africana studies, Baiyee earned a Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarships as the result of her commitment to serving minority students at Notre Dame and members of the South Bend community.

A Badin Hall resident and Indianapolis native, Baiyee serves as treasurer for the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and president of the Caribbean Student Association. In February, she helped to organize and host the first Notre Dame Black Hair Expo to address the challenges of nurturing black hair on campus and introduce students to a variety of haircare professionals in the South Bend area. Baiyee is also the co-creator and co-host of the “Still Adjusting” podcast, which focuses on the ongoing adjustment of marginalized students at Notre Dame. She serves as an elementary school tutor for the Robinson Community Learning Center and, as a part of the Cultivate Culinary Food Rescue, she regularly collects food from dining halls and other on-campus eateries to deliver to homeless shelters throughout South Bend.

Heyn, a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina, majoring in applied and computational mathematics and statistics with a concentration in biological sciences and a minor in compassionate care in medicine also received a Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship. In addition to a very strong academic performance, Heyn has served as a volunteer at Our Lady of the Road Homeless Center, a tutor with Take Ten and an ICU and pediatrics volunteer at Memorial Hospital. She is also active in Flaherty Hall, serving as a hall commissioner, a member of the freshman and sophomore class councils and as the hall’s current vice president.

Established in 1992 by Student Government, the Hipp-Beeler Scholarship is designed to honor student-athletes Colleen Hipp and Meghan Beeler, who died in a bus accident. Kim was awarded one of two Hipp-Beeler Scholarships for his excellence in student leadership.  

A marketing and film, television and theater major from Fullerton, California, Kim serves as the director of programming for the Student Union Board and was appointed chair for Junior Parents Weekend 2019. He is an intern for both the Office of the President and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education within the Office of Development. He also serves as a facilities assistant with VenueND and as a liaison with QuestBridge, a nonprofit organization that matches high-achieving, low-income students with scholarship and educational opportunities at selective colleges and universities. 

Sullivan was awarded the second Hipp-Beeler Scholarship for his leadership and entrepreneurial pursuits in the field of engineering. Originally from Baltimore, Sullivan is a mechanical engineering major who serves as the president of Notre Dame’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the team captain for the Notre Dame Baja SAE, a premier engineering student design competition. In addition, Sullivan works as a senior market analyst in the IDEA Center, assessing multiple technologies in the fields of engineering and science and identifying unmet needs in the industry. He is also active in the liturgical life of Dunne Hall, serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and as a weekday Mass sacristan.