Bishop McCort Senior Awarded Full Scholarships to the University of Notre Dame


From Bishop McCort Catholic High School

Bishop McCort Catholic High School and QuestBridge are proud to announce the results of the 2023 QuestBridge National College Match, a program that connects high-achieving high school seniors with full four-year scholarships to 50 of the nation’s best colleges.

Bishop McCort is proud to announce that Ella Leitenberger will be continuing her academic journey next fall at the University of Notre Dame as a QuestBridge Scholar.

Ms. Leitenberger accepted this honor during an academic signing at on December 13 at Bishop McCort High School 

Ms. Leitenberger maintains a GPA of 102 and is active in National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Scholastic Quiz (Co-Captain), Spanish Honor Society, Tennis, TSA (Treasurer), Band (Section Leader), Forensics, Math Team, Orchestra, Reading Team and Spanish Club.

School Counselor, Mr. Rich Denhard states, “We are thrilled that Ella was chosen for this honor. With her academic excellence, creative talents, and faith driven character, Ella represents everything we could hope for from our students at Bishop McCort.”

Out of over 20,800 applicants, QuestBridge selected 6,683 Finalists to be considered for the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. In addition to Ella Leitenberger, Bishop McCort students Hannah Leitenberger and Ashley Koontz were also chosen as finalists.

This year, QuestBridge’s 50 college partners matched with 2,242 Finalists, who are recognized as Match Scholarship Recipients. This is the highest number of Match Scholarship Recipients to date for QuestBridge.

“We are thrilled to welcome this historic number of QuestBridge Scholars,” said Ana Rowena Mallari, Co-Founder and CEO of QuestBridge. “These Scholars will bring a depth of thought and range of experiences  to our college partner campuses that will surely enrich their new communities.”

Match Scholarship Recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with full four-year scholarships provided by the colleges and universities, ensuring for these students and their families that  an education at a top college is affordable. QuestBridge’s partners include top colleges and universities  such as Brown, Notre Dame, Columbia, MIT, Northwestern, Swarthmore, Vanderbilt, and Williams.

The Match Scholarship is made up of a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, housing and food, books and supplies, and travel expenses. The Match Scholarship does not include loans or a parental contribution.

About QuestBridge:
QuestBridge is a national nonprofit that connects high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities. By recruiting, developing, and motivating these students — beginning in high school through college to their early career — QuestBridge aims to help talented students attend the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their respective careers and communities.