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Scholarships and Grants


We want to help all qualified students afford a Holy Cross education

Decorated graduation hatThat’s why we offer a number of merit aid opportunities, including Signature and Named Scholarships, and need-based assistance grants.

Every admitted student is reviewed for merit scholarship eligibility at the time of admission; unless stated otherwise, there is no additional application process for merit scholarship consideration. If eligible, admitted students are informed of their merit scholarship in their admissions notification.

Holy Cross College offers a limited number of merit scholarships. Recipients demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Financial need is not a factor unless otherwise noted.

  • All First-Year and Transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships.
  • Academic performance, as displayed in the transcript and standardized test scores, is the primary factor used to determine eligibility and award level.
  • Admitted students who are assigned a merit scholarship will be notified of the award and amount in the admissions decision packet. Not all admitted students will receive a merit scholarship.
  • Students who submit the FAFSA often receive additional need-based aid in addition to merit scholarships.

The Trustee Scholarship is valued at $12,000 per academic year for a grand total of $48,000 over four years. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College.

The President’s Scholarship is valued at $10,000 per academic year for a grand total of $40,000 over four years. 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.

The Dean’s Scholarship is valued at $8,000 per academic year for a grand total of $32,000 over four years. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time attendance and requires a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA while attending Holy Cross College.

Signature Scholarships are Holy Cross’s most prestigious merit awards, and include the Bl. Basil Moreau Award, the St. André Bessette Award, and the Anchor Award for Athletics. A few notes about Signature Scholarships:

  • All First Year Applicants whose applications are submitted on or before February 15 are eligible for Signature Scholarship consideration.
  • Admitted students who are nominated for a Signature Scholarship will be notified of a nomination in the admissions decision packet.
  • If you’ve been nominated for a Signature Scholarship, you must participate in an interview to complete the awarding process.

Basil Moreau, a priest and professor of Philosophy and Theology in post-revolutionary France, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837. At the direction of Father Moreau, Father Edward Sorin and six Holy Cross Brothers traveled from France to northern Indiana to found the University of Notre Dame in 1842.

Today, the Congregation of Holy Cross oversees several colleges across the U.S., including Holy Cross College. True to Moreau’s vision, Holy Cross schools around the world adopt a model of Christian education that is holistic, educating the heart and mind.

To honor Bl. Basil Moreau, this award recognizes students whose academic achievements and zeal for seeking the truth will strengthen the classroom experience for all Holy Cross students.

As a Holy Cross Brother, André Bessette lived an exemplary life of faith, hope, and charity. Because of his great love for Christ and St. Joseph, he oversaw the construction of the Oratory of St. Joseph, which continues to be a place for prayer, healing, and conversion of heart for pilgrims from all over the world.

St. André Bessette, a humble servant of the Church, became the Congregation of Holy Cross’s first saint when he was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

In the spirit of St. André, this award recognizes students whose dedication to faith and service will uniquely strengthen the identity of Holy Cross as a Catholic institution. St. André Scholars are expected to be active members of the campus community, serving as models of faith and charity, while they themselves are formed as Christians called to holiness.

Basil Moreau and André Bessette inspire us all to live heroic lives of character. At Holy Cross, the Saints of our athletic teams live this out both in the classroom and on the courts, fields, and courses on which they play. For this reason, each of our varsity athletic teams selects one nominee for the Anchor Award for Athletics.

The Anchor is part of the symbol of the Congregation of Holy Cross and thus has deep roots in our history and mission. It reminds us to be strong in our faith, act with courage even in the midst of challenge, and be unwavering in our sacrifice for our common mission. These are the values that the best athletes exhibit on behalf of their team.

The Anchor Award recipient will be a steady, consistent, and reliable source of leadership in helping the team—and all their fellow Holy Cross Saints—to see what heroic virtue looks like.

Thanks to generous benefactors, Holy Cross offers named scholarships for students who meet award criteria. A few notes about named scholarships:

  • 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.
  • If you’ve been nominated for a Signature Scholarship, you’re 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.
  • 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, you agree to assist with activities that show gratitude toward the donor as requested by the Office of College Relations, including:
    • Face-to-face meetings
    • Attending donor recognition events
    • Sending thank-you notes as requested

Coming soon… scholarships available for fall 2021!

 

John O’Connor Eagle Scout Endowed Scholarship
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Awarded to a sophomore female Pre-Med or Science major with a GPA of 3.33 or higher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local and national organizations provide scholarships for current and incoming Holy Cross students. A few notes on outside scholarships:

  • If you receive a private scholarship, notify the Office of Financial Aid so the award can be added to your financial aid notification.
  • The receipt of outside scholarships may require an adjustment to previously-offered aid if your total package exceeds the cost of attendance. If adjustments are necessary, offers of campus employment and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans will be reduced before Holy Cross gift assistance.
  • Send all scholarship details to [email protected]. Be sure to note if the scholarship is a one-time award or renewable each year.
  • Financial assistance is divided and credited evenly to the student account between the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise noted in writing by the organization.
  • If you receive a check directly from a private organization, the check should be endorsed and submitted to the Office of Student Accounts for processing.

As a courtesy, we provide the following links to help you begin your search for private scholarships. We do not, however, endorse any specific private scholarship. Use caution when sharing personal information with third party organizations.

These organizations provide scholarship opportunities for students who reside near Holy Cross:

Holy Cross is a proud member of the National Catholic College Admission Association, which offers a scholarship opportunity for students enrolling at a member institution:

To be considered for a Holy Cross Assistance Grant, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students will receive consideration for need-based financial assistance from Holy Cross.

 

Federal grants

To be eligible for federal student aid you must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid social security number. In general, students must be degree seeking and be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.

Additionally, students may not owe a refund on a federal student grant, nor be in default on a federal student loan. Eligibility for federal student aid programs is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant offered to eligible students.

 

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)

Federal SEO Grants assist students demonstrating exceptional financial need in accordance with guidelines and funding allocations established by the Department of Education and the Office of Financial Aid.

 

Indiana state financial aid

To be eligible for Indiana student aid, you must be an Indiana resident. To be considered a resident of Indiana, a student must be domiciled in the state on or before December 31 of the year preceding application for an award and be continuously domiciled in the state thereafter.

For a dependent student, the determination of residency status is based on the permanent place of residence of the applicant and the parent(s) of the applicant. For an independent student, the determination of residency status is based on the permanent place of residence of the applicant.

This table displays the average scholarship and grant package (not including Federal Direct Loans) an Indiana student entering Holy Cross College as a new student received for academic year 2019-2020, sorted by total family income (AGI) as reported on the FAFSA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indiana ranks fifth in the nation in need-based grant aid per undergraduate student, making higher education more accessible and attainable for more Hoosiers. Indiana has two primary grant programs:

  • Frank O’Bannon Grant. The Frank O’Bannon Grant includes both the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award. Eligibility for the grant is based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The grant may be used towards tuition and regularly assessed fees.
  • 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. Students 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.

Holy Cross is a member of the Tuition Exchange, which provides a reciprocal scholarship exchange program for eligible dependents of full-time faculty and staff among its members of over 600 colleges and universities located in 46 states and the United Kingdom. The majority of participating colleges offer only full-time remission for undergraduate degrees.

Notre Dame Portable Tuition Benefit

Holy Cross College has always been grateful for the ways that children and dependents of employees of the University of Notre Dame have contributed to our campus.

In order to recognize the importance of this community, Holy Cross has adopted the following policy for children and eligible dependents of Notre Dame faculty and staff who are eligible for Notre Dame’s portable tuition benefit:

  • For each semester the portable tuition benefit is applied to Holy Cross College, children and dependents of eligible Notre Dame employees who are enrolled full-time will be awarded a financial aid package that covers the full cost of tuition and the comprehensive student fees.

Thus, those who are eligible for the portable tuition benefit would pay $0 for tuition and fees.

 

This benefit does not cover other costs such as:

  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Travel
  • Fees specific to a course, event, or program

Children and dependents may qualify for other sources of financial aid to cover these additional charges, however.

In order to cover the full cost of tuition and fees, financial aid packages may include Indiana, federal, and/or institutional aid for which the student is eligible. Holy Cross will work to ensure that each student’s aid package is optimally awarded so that any remaining tuition and comprehensive fees are covered after the Notre Dame portable tuition benefit is applied.

For maximum need-based financial aid consideration, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted to Holy Cross College.

 

Living on campus

Holy Cross requires its first- and second-year students to live on campus in residence halls. Students who live at home with parents and commute to campus are exempt from this requirement. Holy Cross has limited, need-based scholarships available for Notre Dame employee children and dependents who want to live in on-campus residence halls. For information about this residence scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions.

 

Questions?

Notre Dame employees should contact the Notre Dame Office of Human Resources to inquire about eligibility for the portable tuition benefit for children and dependents.

Questions about this policy can be directed to the Holy Cross College Office of Financial Aid.

This policy, officially articulated in 2018, will be applied to students enrolling academic year 2018-2019 and will be applied retroactively to ensure that current Holy Cross students who are eligible children or other eligible dependents of Notre Dame employees will be covered.