Notre Dame Announces Darby Endowment

Notre Dame Schools are pleased to announce the Dorothy Darby Endowment with $50,000 in scholarships immediately available for the 2017-18 school year.

For some, personal history and values converge at a point that can impact others for years and even generations to come. One Notre Dame High School alumnus found himself in that very place. Terence Darby graduated from Notre Dame in Utica in 1971 and went on to a career in finance.

He credits his success not only to Notre Dame, but to his mother, Dorothy. A plaque in Dorothy’s memory in the school’s new Msgr. Willenburg Center reads, “Witnessing the transformative effect that Catholic education had on her children, Dorothy believed that is should be available to everyone.” Now, The Dorothy Darby Endowment Fund has been established following Terence Darby’s generous keystone gifts to the “Making Our Kids World Ready” campaign.

Notre Dame is pleased to announce that the first $50,000 in scholarships from The Dorothy Darby Endowment Fund are available for disbursement. The scholarship funds will be awarded to applicants who meet the following criteria:

- junior or senior high school students transferring from a local public school with a B average or better are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship regardless of financial need.

- elementary students currently enrolled at Notre Dame Elementary or transferring from a public school are eligible to apply for $1,500 scholarship regardless of financial need. (Update: Thank you for your interest, due to an overwhelming response, we have exhausted our Darby Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year at the Elementary level.)

Darby and his family first decided to give back to his hometown through a series of matching gifts to Notre Dame’s “Making Our Kids World Ready” capital campaign. Terry challenged Notre Dame’s, St. Francis de Sales High School’s and Utica Catholic Academy’s alumni to join him in supporting the effort by donating up to $250,000 for every dollar raised.

“I gave to Notre Dame because I wanted to give back to an institution that really helped me in my life. I think if I had not been to Notre Dame, I would not be where I am today,” he said. Terry has been successful in investment development and strategies for the independent power and utility sectors.

To apply for the scholarship at Notre Dame Elementary or Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School, contact our Admissions Office at (315) 732-4374 or by emailing Jim Jones at by August 15, 2017.