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Bishop Rhoades Scholarship Offered to Help All Students of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese

Bishop Rhoades Scholarship Offered to Help All Students of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese

NOTRE DAME, IN (January 6, 2012)  Holy Cross College is looking for more than a few Rhoades Scholars, as in Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, who wish to experience a strong liberal arts college education.

The newly-established Bishop Rhoades Scholarship will provide $3,500 annually to any student graduating from a Catholic high school in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese who is accepted to Holy Cross College.  Students from area public high schools are also eligible for the scholarship by simply submitting a letter of recommendation from their pastor.  The scholarship, which will be offered to new students entering in the fall of 2012, is renewable each year as long as the student maintains a certain grade point average.  Over the course of a four year college career, the total benefit could total up to $14,000.

"I am grateful for the strong and close collaboration between Holy Cross College and our diocese," wrote Bishop Rhoades after he gave the college his blessing at the inauguration Mass of college president, Brother John Paige, C.S.C., Ph.D.

As part of its mission to prepare students for work and for life, Catholic identity is a priority at Holy Cross.  At the same inauguration Mass last fall, Brother Paige made an Oath of Fidelity and the entire Holy Cross theology faculty made a Profession of Faith in front the bishop.

"We value our relationship with the diocese," says Robert Kloska, St. Matthew Cathedral parishioner and Vice President of Mission Advancement at Holy Cross College.  "We know we provide an excellent return on investment for families and we'd like to help our local families in a very deliberate way."

Faculty and staff members of Holy Cross College are active within many area parishes, and Kloska says the scholarship program is another way to connect with the community and share the Holy Cross College mission.

"The Rhoades Scholarship exemplifies our commitment to Catholic students in our local area," adds Marie Bensman, St. Pius X parishioner and Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Management. "We care deeply about local communities.  The churches and the neighborhoods in our diocese have many needs.  The young people on the campus of Holy Cross have many talents.  We link these two in a variety of wonderful social outreach programs."

"This is a way for families who are active in our diocese to really benefit," says Kloska.

The application process is free and may be downloaded at www.hcc-nd.edu/apply.  For more information on the Bishop Rhoades Scholarship, contact Holy Cross College at 574-239-8400 or email admissions@hcc-nd.edu .

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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross.  With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success. The college focuses on the holistic development of the mind, body, and spirit.  Baccalaureate students must complete four requirements before graduation-a professional internship to develop their real-world qualifications, service experiences to develop their compassion, an international experience to expand their horizons, and a senior Capstone presentation to sum up their learning outcomes and attest to a panel of faculty and business leaders that they are ready for life after college. With a campus adjoining St. Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds-a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.