Know a High-Achieving Sixth- or Seventh-grade Student? Encourage Them to Apply to NDignite Connection!

Author: Shannon Rooney


What does it take to be a good leader?

How do you identify your gifts and explore your passions?

What is your role in making the world a better place?

If you think your student is interested in the answers to these and other important questions, NDignite Connection is for them! This online enrichment program is for high-achieving seventh- and eighth-graders who want to explore their interests, develop their gifts, and learn about life at a highly-selective university. The program is provided at no cost to participating students through our Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment (OER).

Who is Eligible?

  • Applicant should be in the 6th or 7th grade as of May 1, 2019.

  • Applicant should be in the top 5% of his or her class and exhibit exceptional leadership characteristics.

  • Qualified applicants must be self-motivated and self-disciplined.

  • Applicant should be willing to dedicate 6-7 hours per semester to NDignite Connection programming starting in September 2019.

How to Apply

Applications for 2019-20 programming are due April 15. Please click here to apply. Once the student has submitted an online application, an email will be sent to the student's recommender requesting that an NDIgnite Connection Recommendation Form be submitted on the student's behalf.

What to Expect

NDignite Connection online sessions are held six times per semester during the academic year. During each session, students will be expected to watch a 30-minute broadcast and complete activities related to each broadcast topic. Students will enjoy activities that will guide them through self-exploration and college preparation, and they’ll learn to use their given talents to take on leadership roles in their communities.

Most activities can be completed in 45 minutes or less. Topics include time management, goal setting, leadership, self-awareness, resilience, finding the right college fit, and more.

Once students enter into ninth grade all the way through 10th grade, they are matriculated into the Notre Dame Community to engage in meaningful discussions based on broadcast and informational topics with their peers and current Notre Dame students.

Learn More

Visit the OER website to learn more about NDignite Connection.