TRiO Alumni Spotlight: Jayda Watkins


An alumna of Washington High School and the University of Notre Dame’s Talent Search program, Jayda is currently a rising senior at Butler University. Since the commencement of her journey as a Bulldog, Jayda has embraced the collegiate experience. Serving as a Morton-Finney Scholar, Jayda is required to represent high academic standards, professionalism, and leadership. As such, Jayda serves as a tutor at Nora Elementary School; board member (Finances) for the Student Government Association; treasurer for the Women’s Basketball Club; and resident assistant for Fairview House. 

To detox from her studies throughout the year, Jayda participates in intramural basketball. To stay in touch with students from her native community of South Bend, Jayda served as the ND Upward Bound Project Assistant and Upward Bound Academic & Residential Advisor to provide participants with insight on how to maximize the resources of TRiO. Majoring in psychology with a minor in business and Spanish, Jayda will complete her first study abroad experience in Costa Rica this summer. Upon graduation, Jayda aspires to pursue her MBA. 

Favorite place on campus: Basketball courts at the Health & Recreation Complex