Named Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, Holy Cross College offers named scholarships for students who meet the awards’ criteria as designated by the donors. All First Year applicants who submit an application for admission and the named scholarship application on or before March 15 will be considered for these awards.

Those who have been nominated for a Signature Scholarship are not eligible for named scholarships. Some of these awards require demonstrated financial need; a current FAFSA must be on file for consideration of need-based named scholarships. All applicants will be notified of their scholarship status on or before April 5.

The receipt of a named scholarship may require an adjustment to previously-offered aid if the total package exceeds cost of attendance. If adjustments are necessary, offers of campus employment and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans will be reduced before Holy Cross gift assistance.

By accepting a named scholarship, students agree to assist with activities that show gratitude toward the donor as requested by the Office of College Relations, and may include face-to-face meetings, attending donor recognition events, and sending thank-you notes as requested.


Named scholarships available for those entering fall 2019
Coming soon… scholarships available for fall 2020!

John O’Connor Eagle Scout Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to an Eagle Scout who embodies the spirit of the Boy Scouts of America. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

Nicholas Spehar Memorial Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a sibling, spouse, or child of someone who has died in the line of military duty. This scholarship may also be awarded to military veterans or the child of an active or retired member of the military. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College. Application requires a short essay response and military documentation.

The Robert & Dorothy Pfiel Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who resides in Saint Joseph County and has demonstrated a commitment to serving others. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

The Hesburgh Scholarship
Description: Awarded to children of Notre Dame employees with financial need who will live on campus in a residence hall. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of on-campus residency and full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

The William and Anna Jean Cushwa Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. The recipient must have a generous spirit and commitment to fostering educational opportunities for others in need. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College. Application requires a short essay response.

Johnny Hardesty Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.

The Don and Peg Claeys Endowed Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance. Application requires a short essay response.


Other named scholarships awarded to current students

The Kirk E. Barbiere Science Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a sophomore female Pre-Med or Science major with a GPA of 3.33 or higher.

The Fontaine Family Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Fr. Merwyn Thomas Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Notre Dame Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Martin P. Thurin Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Firefly Foundation Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Jesus Guzman Scholarship
Description: Awarded to students with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership.

The Henry Meers Expended Scholarship
Description: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

The Joseph T. Sullivan, Sr Scholarship
Description: Awarded to students with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership.

The Tabit Family Scholarship
Description: Awarded to students with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, character and leadership.

The Michael & Jim Pfiel Endowed Scholarship
Description: This scholarship provides room and meals to athletes, particularly basketball players.