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IND Receives Record Gift from Baltimore Philanthropist

Head of School Christine E. Szala announced today that IND has received a record $2-million-dollar gift that will go towards student scholarships.

Institute of Notre Dame Receives Record $2-million Gift from Baltimore Philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting

The Institute of Notre Dame (IND), Maryland’s oldest all girls Catholic preparatory school has received the largest single philanthropic gift in school history. Head of School Christine E. Szala announced today that IND has received a record $2-million-dollar gift from Mary Catherine Bunting. The gift will go towards student scholarships.

“This is an exciting time to be both an IND student and potential student,” said Szala. “Ms. Bunting’s gift will allow IND to help girls in Baltimore City and surrounding neighborhoods attend and be part of our great institution.”

Bunting is known for her philanthropic work throughout Baltimore City. She is a former Sister of Mercy and retired nurse practitioner. Over the years she has been a great contributor to Catholic causes, and she is committed to the advancement and education of young women.
 
“IND is special,” says Bunting. “Since 1847, the school has remained true to its identity and has stayed committed to Baltimore and educating girls in the City. It is a place that will continue to grow, and I recognized the importance and that is why I chose to support the school’s scholarship efforts.”
The first scholarships through this gift will be awarded in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

“Ms. Bunting’s gift speaks to IND’s Mission and its commitment to the City and the important role the school plays in educating young girls. We are extremely grateful for her generosity and willingness to help shape tomorrow’s leaders,” said Szala.
 
IND, founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, first opened its doors in 1847 under the guidance of Blessed Teresa Gerhardinger, who traveled from Germany and settled in Baltimore. To this day, IND remains in the heart of Baltimore City and is the SSNDs flagship school in America. Long known for a challenging curriculum and a legacy of nurturing extraordinary women leaders, IND consistently boasts a 100% college acceptance rate, extraordinary levels of merit scholarships and matriculations to some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the United States.
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School Sisters of
Notre Dame in 1847.