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First-generation seniors become Notre Dame university Trailblazers
First-generation seniors become Notre Dame university Trailblazers

When Rachel De La Haya drives back to San Antonio, Texas, after graduating from Notre Dame of Maryland University on Saturday, she won't be hitting the road so much as blazing a trail. She is the first generation of her family to graduate from college, and is doing so through Trailblazers, an opt-in program in Notre Dame's School of Arts and Sciences. The program of 107 students, which was founded in 2010 with grants from the Walmart Foundation and the state of Maryland, is graduating its first class of 20 seniors this year. It is designed to help students like De La Haya navigate financial aid and other complexities that they are the first in their families to deal with,...

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