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. In keeping with this tradition, we have created all-new levels of merit-based scholarships for students entering the 2016-17 academic year. Merit award packages range from $4,500 to $16,000 annually depending upon the qualifications of the student. Students are automatically considered for merit-based awards upon application, so no separate application is required. Merit awards are for tuition only and do not cover fees or housing charges.

Driscoll Society Trustee Scholarship
Driscoll Society Presidential Scholarship
Driscoll Society Scholarship
Holy Cross Annual Fund Achievement Award
Transfer Scholarship

Driscoll Society Trustee Scholarship: $15,000 – $16,000 annually

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman for Fall 2016.
  • Must maintain minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


Driscoll Society Presidential Scholarship: $14,000 annually

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman for Fall 2016.
  • Must maintain minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


Driscoll Society Scholarship: $12,000 – $13,000 annually

(Previously referred to as the Deans Scholarship)

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman for Fall 2016.
  • Must maintain minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


Holy Cross Annual Fund Achievement Award: $6,000 – $6,500 annually

  • Based on highest SAT or ACT composite scores, plus cumulative high school GPA.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman for Fall 2016.
  • Must maintain minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


Transfer Scholarship: $4,500 – $9,000 annually

  • Based on academic achievement, leadership and service experience.
  • Must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.

Other Holy Cross Scholarships

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

The Bishop Rhoades Scholarship
The Brothers of Holy Cross Scholarship
The Cristo Rey Network Scholarship
The Noble Street Network Scholarship
Pritzker Access Scholarship
Mission Team Scholarship
The Nicholas Spehar Memorial Scholarship
San Juan Diego Scholarship


The Bishop Rhoades Scholarship: $3,500 annually

  • Must be a graduating senior from St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Marian High School in Mishawaka, Bishop Luers or Bishop Dwenger High Schools in Fort Wayne or be a graduating high school senior who attends a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and has their pastor write a letter of recommendation.
  • Application form must be submitted to a Parish Office and then sent to the Office of Admission (priority deadline of Feb 1st). Click here to download the application form.
  • Applications received after financial aid awarding may result in an adjustment of institutional aid.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


The Brothers of Holy Cross Scholarship: $3,500 annually

  • Must be a graduate of a Congregation of Holy Cross sponsored high school.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman.
  • Automatic consideration (no separate application required).
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


The Cristo Rey Network Scholarship: $3,500 annually

  • Must be a graduate of a recognized Cristo Rey Network high school in the United States.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman.
  • Automatic consideration (no separate application required).
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


The Noble Street Network Scholarship: $3,500 annually

  • Must be a graduate of a recognized Chicago, Illinois based Noble Street Network high school.
  • Must be an admitted first-time, full-time freshman.
  • Automatic consideration (no separate application required).
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.

Pritzker Access Scholarship: $12,000 annually 

  • 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


Mission Team Scholarship: $1,500

  • Interested students must embrace and promise to live by the moral teachings of the Catholic faith, attend weekly meetings for the purpose of fellowship, accountability and education. Students will also perform service work for the college or local community according to their talents and available time.
  • Application form must be submitted to the Director of Campus Ministry. Click here to download the application.
  • Applications received after financial aid awarding may result in an adjustment of institutional aid.
  • Must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to renew.
  • Renewable up to 8 consecutive semesters of full-time attendance.


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 that they have a current dependent military ID card.
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant was $5,730. For more information about Pell Grants, visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/PellGrants.jsp?tab=funding.

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. For more information about FSEOG Grants, visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/FSEOG.jsp.

TEACH Grant

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:  http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

Like other federal grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria.
You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on teh basis of your Expected Family Contribution but
  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grand eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent of guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military services performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

For more information on the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/IraqAfghanServiceGrant.jsp.

Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Institutions of Higher Learning (Degree Granting Institutions) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.
Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html.

State Financial Aid

Frank O’Bannon Grant

FAFSA is the application for the Frank O’Bannon Grant. The FAFSA filing deadline to apply for state aid (including the 21st Century Scholars Program) for the 2015-2016 academic year is:
RECEIVED by the federal processor after January 1, 2015 but on or before March 10, 2015. Any issues with the FAFSA need to be corrected by May 15, 2015.
Frank O’Bannon Grant Program, designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible postsecondary institutions, receives its funding through appropriations made by the Indiana General Assembly. The grants, targeted to tuition and regularly assessed fees, are “need-based” and do not require repayment. Due to variations in appropriations, the number of filers and the “need” of the filer base, the dollar value of state grants will vary from year to year.
Frank O’Bannon Grant (formerly the Indiana Higher Education Grant) includes both the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award.
To qualify for state financial aid consideration the applicant must:

  • Be an Indiana resident by December 31st the year prior to applying (December 31, 2014 for the 2015-2016 school year; Students also must remain a resident throughout 2014 and the entire 2014-2015 academic year).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be a high school graduate or hold a GED.
  • Attend, or plan to attend, an eligible college or university.
  • Be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a course of study leading to an associates or first bachelors degree.
  • Be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student. (The state grant defines full-time as at least 12 credit hours per term); and
  • file an application (FAFSA)- received by March 10 of the academic year preceding the academic year the applicant plans to enroll.

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.
Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities.
Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.
For more information about State of Indiana grants, visit http://www.in.gov/ssaci.

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