Selection Criteria

There is no single definition of a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar. Our current scholars are physicists and filmmakers, social activists and researchers, writers and business consultants. What do they have in common? They are intellectually curious, driven, and creative; they are dynamic young leaders with a passionate commitment to making the world a better place.

All candidates for our Program are evaluated according to four criteria:


Hesburgh-Yusko scholars have the potential to produce great and beneficial change in the University, the nation, and the world. We are looking for intellectually versatile students who are capable of leading with confidence and humility. We believe leadership is best manifested in the embodiment of vision and action.


Hesburgh-Yusko scholars care about exploring ideas and engaging in meaningful and productive dialogue. They demonstrate significant achievement in the classroom, but their motivation for academic success stems from a true passion for learning and the discovery process.


Hesburgh-Yusko scholars are driven by a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the world around them. Successful candidates will have a generous spirit and a worldview that is oriented toward serving others.


Hesburgh-Yusko scholars demonstrate strongly developed moral principles— they are guided by their beliefs about right and wrong, good and evil, justice and injustice. They are sincere in their convictions, and they are respected among their peers as people of kindness, integrity, courage, and faith.


The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program (HYSP) is a highly selective scholarship and leadership development program for students who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Please view the selection criteria for our Program.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions identifies outstanding candidates for HYSP. To be eligible for consideration, a student must apply for admission in either Restrictive Early Action with a complete application by November 1, or in Regular Decision with a complete application by January 1.

More information on the selection process is available at, or by contacting the Office of Merit Scholarship Enrollment, 574.631.2233