Scholarships & Grants


Merit-Based Scholarships
Other Holy Cross Scholarships
Federal Grants
State Financial Aid
Other Scholarship Opportunities
Tuition Exchange Program

Merit-Based Scholarships

Holy Cross College is committed to recognizing and rewarding new students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Each student is automatically considered for one of the following merit-based scholarships upon review of an application for admission, so no separate application is required. Merit award packages range from $8,000 to $12,000 annually depending upon the academic qualifications of the student. Merit awards are for tuition only and do not cover fees or housing charges.

Trustee Scholarship
President’s Scholarship
Dean’s Scholarship

Trustee Scholarship:

On-campus award: $12,000
Off-campus award: $10,000

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA
  • Must be a new full-time first year or transfer student for Fall 2018
  • Must maintain minimum 3.2 cumulative Holy Cross College GPA to renew
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance

President’s Scholarship:

On-campus award: $11,000
Off-campus award: $9,000

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA
  • Must be a new full-time first year or transfer student for Fall 2018
  • Must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to renew
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance

Dean’s Scholarship:

On-Campus award: $10,000
Off-campus award: $8,000

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA
  • Must be a new full-time first year or transfer student for Fall 2018
  • Must maintain minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA to renew
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance


Other Holy Cross Scholarships

In addition to merit scholarships, Holy Cross offers a variety of other scholarships to students. Please note that some of these scholarships require an additional application.

Pritzker Access Scholarship
The Nicholas Spehar Memorial Scholarship
San Juan Diego Scholarship

Pritzker Access Scholarship: 

  • Graduate of a Noble Street Network charter high school in Chicago, IL with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and an 18 ACT composite
  • Student must apply and be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)
  • Must maintain minimum GPA of 2.75 each academic year to renew
  • Student must participate in Holy Cross On-Campus Work Study

The Nicholas Spehar Memorial Scholarship

The Nicholas Spehar Memorial Scholarship is a renewable scholarship established in 2011 by David Gundlach in memoriam of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL, Nicholas Spehar.  Through the generosity of Mr. Gundlach and the Elkhart Community Foundation, a funded scholarship will be available to the following priority groups:

  1. Siblings, spouses, or children of military personnel killed in the line of duty. The first priority will be given to fallen Navy SEALs.
  2. Military veterans
  3. Children of military or retired military parents

Additional Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate degree program.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to apply and renew.
  • Applicants, as well as their sponsor, should be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database and be able to present with their Spehar application a current dependent military ID card (if available) and a DD 214 form of the family member (Certifying Release/Discharge from Active Duty).
  • Application must be returned to the financial aid office (priority deadline May 1st).

Click here to apply

*Special military situations will be considered on an individual basis. This scholarship program can assist up to twenty students per year.

San Juan Diego Scholarship

The San Juan Diego Scholarship covers the majority of college tuition for up to four years for two Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA)-eligible incoming students each academic year. The Juan Diego Scholarship is a partial tuition scholarship and does not cover room and board or school supplies (e.g. books). Students are required to provide $2,000 in tuition each academic year through loans, direct payments or outside scholarships. The scholarship only covers tuition for full-time enrollment during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Criteria to receive and renew:

  • DACA eligible or conferred at the time of enrollment at Holy Cross College.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher each academic year.
  • Provide 13 hours of service per week at Holy Cross College (placements are determined through the Center for Educational Outreach).
  • Support events and activities directly associated with the Juan Diego Scholarship program.
  • Meet with the program director at the end of each semester.
  • Engage, when possible, in various campus activities at Holy Cross College.

How to apply: Click here to download the application.

Students wanting to be considered for the scholarship must notify their admission counselor of their eligibility once admitted to Holy Cross College. The Center for Education Outreach will contact each student to discuss the selection process and arrange for further documentation for the selection committee. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Federal Grants

Pell Grants

Federally-funded Pell Grants are a form of need-based financial aid calculated by using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a student’s Cost of Attendance for the year.  A student is automatically considered for Pell Grants upon submission of the FAFSA.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant was $5,920.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG) provides assistance to exceptionally needy undergraduate students. Students are exceptionally needy if they have the lowest EFCs.


The TEACH Grant program is a non-need-based grant program that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school as a highly qualified teacher, for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant is awarded. The student must sign a service agreement to this effect and complete all required counseling prior to receiving a TEACH Grant.

If the student subsequently fails to meet the requirements of the service agreement, the TEACH Grant will be treated as a Direct Unsubsidized loan, and the student must repay the TEACH funds, with interest accrued from the date of disbursement, through the Department’ Teach Grant Servicer.

With respect to enrollment status, the program must require an undergraduate student to enroll for at least 12 credit-hours in each term in the award year to qualify as full-time. For more information about the TEACH Grant:

Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veteran’s Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for public assistance. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Indiana State Financial Aid

Frank O’Bannon Grant

The Frank O’Bannon Grant includes both the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award. The grant is designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible public, private, and proprietary post-secondary institutions. Eligibility for the grant is based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The grant may be used toward tuition and regularly assessed fees.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be an Indiana resident by December 31 the year prior to applying for aid and must remain a resident throughout the academic year
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • Must attend, or plan to attend, an eligible post-secondary institution
  • Must be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associates or first bachelor’s degree, or a certificate at select institutions
  • Must be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student.
    • Must abide by credit completion requirements each academic year to renew maximum award
    • In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the Frank O’Bannon grant during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the specific guidelines for using the Frank O’Bannon grant during summer terms
  • Must file the FAFSA by April 15 prior to the academic year of intended enrollment

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars

Indiana’s 7th and 8th grade students can apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program if their families meet the eligibility guidelines. Student not admitted into the Program can reapply the following year, but—with the exception of students in foster care—all students must apply by June 30 of their 8th grade year.

Program Requirements:

To apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program you must:

  • Be a resident of Indiana, both when you apply and when you receive the scholarship (determined by the residency of your parent or legal guardian)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Read the citizenship qualifications or details
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a public school, charter school, freeway school, or other school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education or an accrediting agency recognized by the Indiana State Board of Education
  • Fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge.
  • Be one of the following:
    • A member of a family at or below the income maximum
    • Placed in foster care

High School Seniors and College Students wanting to use the 21st Century Scholarship must:

  • Maintain Indiana residency, as determined by the permanent residence of your parent or legal guardian
  • Submit an Affirmation Form by March 10 of your senior year in high school
  • Apply to and be admitted to an eligible Indiana college, university or proprietary school as a high school senior
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the April 15 deadline during your senior year of high school and every year thereafter until you graduate from college
  • Fix any errors on your FAFSA by the May 15 deadline
  • Respond to any requests for additional information from the 21st Century Scholars program, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education or your college by stated deadlines.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Below is a list of sites that may be useful in searching for private scholarships:

Tuition Exchange Program

Tuition Exchange Program Policy Guidelines