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Awards and Scholarships

Awards

Varsity Letters
Requirements for earning a Notre Dame varsity letter are established by the coaches and are made available to student-athletes and parents at the beginning of each season.  The letters are distributed to first time letter winners at the school banquet (not individual team gatherings). Varsity letters are awarded in sports that compete in Michigan High School Athletic Association sanctioned sports. Student-athletes earning a letter in a MHSAA sport will receive a Green Varsity Letter.
 
Club Varsity Letters
Club varsity letters can be earned in Dance/Pom, Equestrian, and Figure Skating.  An athlete must have completed two years in good standing to receive this award.  A varsity jacket may be ordered after a club varsity letter is earned. Student-athletes earning a letter in a Club sport will receive a Gold Varsity Letter.

Varsity Sweater Stripes
Student-athletes earning the achievements below are eligible to add additional stripes on their Varsity sweater:

Varsity Letter: White Stripe on a Green Sweater OR Green Stripe on a White Sweater

All-League: Columbia Blue Stripe

All-County or All-District: Maroon Stripe

All-Metro, All-Area, or All-Region: Red Stripe

All-State: Vegas Gold Stripe

All-American: Bright Gold Stripe

Academic All-State (Team OR Individual): Olive Green Stripe

Varsity Jacket or Sweater Contact: Dennis Lockhart, 586-321-4334, lockiessportshop@att.net 

Varsity Sweater Contact: Jim Slater, 248-258-6695, 248-686-6200, jsdete83@outlook.com

Team Patches
Teams earning honors including District, Regional, or State titles may purchase patches for Varsity jackets. All orders are placed by individual teams.


Pins
After a student-athlete earns their first varsity letter, pins are awarded for additional varsity letters in any sport.  (Example: a student-athlete earns his/her first varsity letter during their junior year in Cross Country, so he/she will receive a physical letter.  If he/she also receives a varsity letter in Ski their junior year, they will receive a Ski pin.  If he/she receives a letter in Cross Country his/her senior year he/she will receive a Cross Country pin).
 
Certificates
Varsity letter certificates will be awarded to student-athletes every time they earn a varsity letter and are distributed at the school banquet.  Participation certificates will be awarded to student-athletes who did not earn a varsity letter but are invited to the varsity banquet because they are on a club team or a team with combined varsity and JV athletes (equestrian, sideline cheer, dance/pom, cross country, swimming/diving, wrestling, ski, competitive cheer, track and field, tennis, golf).
 
Team Awards
At the Notre Dame varsity banquet each season, each team will present three awards: Fighting Irish, Most Improved, and Scholar Athlete.  These awards are given at the coach's discretion.
 
Dirty Dozen Award
To earn this award, a student-athlete at Notre Dame must complete 12 consecutive seasons of athletics in good standing at the varsity, JV or freshman level.  This includes all sports in which the MHSAA sponsors a championship.
Fall: football, sideline cheer* volleyball, girls golf, boys tennis, boys soccer, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls swimming & diving
Winter: boys basketball, girls basketball, competitive cheer, wrestling, ice hockey, girls ski, boys ski, boys swimming & diving, boys bowling and girls bowling
Spring: baseball, softball, girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, girls track and field, boys track and field, girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse
* Due to the nature of competitive cheer, fall sideline cheer may be counted in years that a student-athlete successfully completes full seasons of both fall sideline cheer and winter competitive cheer

Athlete of the Year
Given to one Senior male and female athlete annually and voted on by a committee of coaches, administrators and faculty members. This award is given to an accomplished athlete who also exhibits the Notre Dame mission of serving as a Christian Person, Upright Citizen and Academic Scholar. This award requires a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and the student-athlete to participate in minimum of two sports during his or her senior year.

Scholar Athlete of the Year
Given to one Senior male and female athlete annually and voted on by a committee of coaches, administrators and faculty members. This award is given to an accomplished athlete who also exhibits a strong combination of athletic ability and academic achievement. This award requires a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA and the student-athlete to participate in minimum of two sports during his or her senior year.
 
Wall of Fame
Student-athletes who receive FIRST TEAM all-state honors, as defined by the respective state coaches association for each sport, will have their picture displayed on the Wall of Fame.  Student-athletes who are eligible for the Wall of Fame are encouraged to get their picture taken by the athletic department photographer at a time scheduled by the athletic office but can also submit their own digital picture to be approved for the wall.  It is required that the student-athlete be in proper attire in the picture and recommended that their face is clearly recognizable.  Student-athletes are eligible to have their picture on the Wall of Fame after they graduate from Notre Dame, with a potential exception when the all-state team is a relay team comprised of students from different grades.  Please contact the athletic office with any questions.

Scholarships

Click on scholarship name for more information.  If you have any questions, stop by the athletic office and see Mr. Crouse or email him at acrouse@ndpma.org.

Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award

  • Open to all seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale who have won a varsity letter prior to their senior year in a sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a post-season tournament (Notre Dame has cross country, volleyball, football, girls swimming & diving, tennis, golf, basketball, wrestling, skiing, competitive cheer, ice hockey, track and field, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse). 
  • Submit application to the athletic office.  Four boys and four girls from Notre Dame will be selected to be nominated and materials will be sent in to the MHSAA. 
  • Submit draft of sportsmanship essay to Mr. Crouse in advance for review. 
  • 2022 application deadline is December 3, 2022.

Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) Scholarship

  • Four $1,000 scholarships offered to seniors who hold a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Senior must have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports
  • Application requires school staff member support and signatures
  • Submit application to the athletic office. Notre Dame may submit one male and one female applicant
  • Applications are due February 1, 2023

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Scholarship

  • State, section and National winners selected
  • Senior must have earned varsity letter in two sports for two years
  • Applicant must have a B+ average GPA and scored a 24 or higher on the ACT
  • Letter of recommendation, administration signature and essay required
  • Submit application to the athletic office. Hard copy application due February, 2023

Rich Tompkins Multi-Sport Athlete Award

  • Scholarship sponsored by the Michigan High School Coaches Association (MHSCA)
  • Open to seniors who have played a minimum of three sports for all four years of high school
  • Submit application to the athletic office. Notre Dame may submit one male and one female applicant
  • Applications are due on April 15, 2023

Heisman High School Scholarship

  • Open to high school seniors (class of 2023
  • Must play a high school sport
  • Must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Submit application to the athletic office. Application deadline is October 18, 2022