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Full-Tuition Scholarships

Every year, the Department of Classics awards four-year, full-tuition scholarships  to high school graduates who will major in Classics at Holy Cross.  We seek students who are:

  • passionate about Classics, and eager to share their passion with others

  • not afraid to stretch themselves or try something new, and are resilient when faced with challenges

  • specifically interested in the opportunities offered by our program, a unique example of a large department in a small college

If it is possible for you to visit Holy Cross, please get in touch with the Classics Department's Academic Coordinator, Karen Harney (   We will schedule time for you to visit classes, have lunch with majors, meet with faculty and visit cocurricular activities.
We are especially interested in working with candidates from groups under-represented in Classics, including first-generation college students.

To Apply

  1. Apply for admission to Holy Cross.
  2. Complete the online application for scholarships. (The application process will open in early fall.)
The scholarship application will include:
  • Names of two or three recommenders, at least one of whom has directly taught you or worked with you in your study of Classics
  • Two short essays (500 words each)
  • Scores of any national exams in Latin you have taken (SAT, AP)
Examples of the kinds of essay questions we are drafting for this year's application form:
  • Choose a passage of an ancient text that you want to tell your friends or family about, and comment on it to an audience that knows nothing about Classics.
  • Describe an obstacle you have faced in your study of Classics, and how you have tried to overcome it.
  • Describe a time when your study of Classics made you think differently about the world you live in.

About the Scholarship

The Henry Bean, S.J., Scholarship 

Each year the department awards two Rev. Henry Bean, S.J., Scholarships. The Bean Scholarship was instituted in 1973 by Rev. John Brooks, S.J., president of the College from 1970 to 1994. Fr. Brooks named the scholarship after Rev. Henry Bean, S.J., who had taught him Latin and Greek at Holy Cross in the 1940s.

The William FitzGerald, S.J., Scholarship

Every four years, the department also awards a Rev. William FitzGerald, S.J., Scholarship, also a full-tuition merit scholarship. The FitzGerald Scholarship is named after Rev. William FitzGerald, S.J., who taught in the department from the 1960s to the 1980s. The FitzGerald Scholarship will next be awarded for an entering member of the class of 2024.