Jasmine Shells (Class of '13) won this year's Lou Holtz Leadership Scholarship, which recognizes a student who has demonstrated strong leadership. The scholarship covers nearly $45,000 in tuition and expenses for her senior year.
As a first-year student, the Toledo native helped create a mentorship program and lecture series for minority high school girls in South Bend called BeaUtiful. (The capitalized "B" and "U" stand for "Be You"- an encouragement for the teens to be proud of their identity and talents.)
The BeaUtiful program is an offshoot of Notre Dame's Shades of Ebony student group for women, of which Shells currently serves as president. She also helped to found Mendoza College's chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. Shells interned the past two summers with Ernst & Young in Detroit and Chicago.