Donor Stories and Legacies

Maggie Skoch ’16, Scholarship Recipient

Maggie Skoch, a member of the Class of 2016 and a Dean’s List student in pre-medicine and theology, is a recipient of the Florence Dailey Memorial Scholarship.

“Like so many, I grew up dreaming of attending Notre Dame. My mother is a member of the Class of 1985, and my siblings and I were raised with blue and gold coursing through our veins.

“I worked tirelessly throughout grade school and high school with my eyes on the Golden Dome, and I will never forget the day I received that big, gleaming envelope from Notre Dame as a high school senior. Tearing it open, I could not hold back the tears when the words ‘Welcome Home’ greeted me.

“My Notre Dame dream had at last come true, but my Notre Dame story was just beginning. Freshman year was incredible, terrifying, exciting, stressful, and full of more excitement and surprises than I could have hoped for. Sophomore year, however, presented a set of challenges I had not imagined: after confronting severe panic attacks and struggles with anxiety, I elected to leave Notre Dame on medical withdrawal for the 2012-13 school year.

“This was easily the most difficult decision of my life. I worked day in and day out to regain my strength and learn to manage my struggles. My eyes were once again fixed on that Dome as I waited, often impatiently, for the required yearlong withdrawal to conclude. The day I received my letter of readmission to Notre Dame was nearly as joyful as my original acceptance.

“My Notre Dame journey has been full of highs and lows, but I have returned to my favorite place on earth, healthy and hopeful for what lies ahead. Notre Dame is more than an incredible university. It is family, joy, home.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the Florence Dailey Scholarship. Coming from a middle class family of six, with parents who sacrificed to send my siblings and me to Catholic schools, the Dailey Scholarship has been crucial. I thank God every day for the gift of this education and this community.”