Q: What is a Signature Scholarship?
A: Signature Scholarships are Holy Cross College’s way of recognizing students who have special gifts to share with our campus community. These students embody talents, passions, and characteristics that will advance the mission of Holy Cross in faith, service, academics, and athletic excellence. Signature Scholarships are different from the Dean’s, President’s, and Trustee Scholarships, which are our standard merit awards. Recipients of a Signature Scholarship will not receive a standard merit award.
Q: How does the nomination process work?
A: All new First Year applicants are automatically considered for nomination as part of the application review process by the Committee on Admissions. Those applicants selected as nominees will be notified of their status in the admissions packet. The nomination process is highly selective.
Q: How many Signature Scholarships will be awarded?
A: The number of scholarships awarded will vary according to the number of nominations and quality of interviews.
Q: How much is a Signature Scholarship worth?
A: This will vary based on a student’s application for admission and interview, but scholarships typically range from $14,000-$20,000 per year, renewable for up to four years of full-time enrollment. Some students receive additional need-based aid based on the results of the FAFSA.
Q: Am I more likely to receive a Signature Scholarship if I participate in an Interview Day?
A: While we prefer all scholarship nominees to visit campus for an in-person interview, but we also understand that it may be best to conduct interviews by phone or virtual meeting. Therefore, all nominees who participate in an interview, whether in-person or remotely, will be similarly considered for a scholarship.
Q: Do I attend Interview Day alone or can I bring guests?
A: Parents and other guests are invited to join you for Interview Day. There will be a special session offered for parents and guests while you are participating in interviews. If you attend Interview Day alone, that’s fine, too.
Q: How do I prepare for the interview?
A: Campus interviewers will have reviewed your application for admission, which includes your essays, activities, and leadership history. Be prepared to answer questions about your participation in school, community, and church extracurricular activities as well as the reasons why you think you would be a good fit for Holy Cross College. Interviews will vary in time, but will likely not exceed 30 minutes. On-campus interviews can be individual and/or with small groups of other scholarship nominees.
Q: With whom will I interview?
A: Faculty members, staff, and college leadership will serve as campus interviewers. You will be notified of your interviewer/s on Interview Day.
Q: What do I wear for the interview?
A: Remember that you are trying to impress the campus interviewers before, during, and after your interview. This includes how you dress while visiting campus or connecting virtually. Business casual and business professional attire are acceptable.
Q: How are final Signature Scholarship decisions made?
A: A committee made of campus interviewers, admissions counselors, and financial aid staff will determine scholarship award amounts.
Q: Is there a GPA requirement to maintain the scholarship while I am enrolled at Holy Cross College?
A: Yes. Anchor Award winners are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, André Award winners are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and Moreau Award winners are expected to maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. If your GPA drops below the minimum, your award is subject to being reduced or removed until your GPA meets minimum requirements once more.
Q: For what other reasons could my scholarship award be adjusted?
A: The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust any Holy Cross College scholarship according to its policies. For example, the award could be adjusted if information is received (new outside scholarships, updated FAFSA, etc.) that requires an updated financial aid award letter.