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Raul Lema '18 Scholarship Recipient

Raul Lema '18 Scholarship Recipient

A Class of 2018 graduate in Mechanical Engineering Raul was a recipient of the Joan Hoffman DeCrane Scholarship for highly talented students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75, are on the Dean's List and are worthy of financial support.

Coming to Notre Dame from his home country of Bolivia, Raul prepared himself for some culture shock. Today, he reflects on how his four years at Notre Dame were some of his best, and how it took no time at all for Notre Dame to feel like home. Without a doubt, Raul would do it all over again.

Raul's mother had attended an American school in Bolivia, so Raul was raised in Bolivia speaking both Spanish and English. When it was time to apply to college, Raul set his sights on schools in the United States. Friends of the Lema family, who are Notre Dame Alumni, encouraged him to apply to Our Lady's University. Raul was accepted and was able to enroll thanks to the Joan Hoffman DeCrane Scholarship, made possible through a planned gift to the University.

Raul found the Notre Dame family to be kind and with good values. Football was a completely new experience, one that enabled him to form friendships outside of class. He found the curriculum academically challenging, and continually inspired by his peers who were focused not only on their education, but on pursuing goals for the betterment of the world.

Raul wants benefactors to Notre Dame to know that his experience under the Dome made a huge difference in his life, and he would like to see the same happen for others. Raul feels strongly that people from all over the world deserve a chance to receive this education of mind and heart.

After graduation, Raul has been pursuing his Ph. D. in nanomanufacturing at the University of Texas at Austin. It is hard for Raul to express the immense gratitude he has for members of the Notre Dame family who provided financial support through his scholarship. He is so thankful for their generosity, without which he would never have had this incredible opportunity.


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