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 have the potential:
- to succeed in Greek and Latin language courses;
- to think critically and reflectively about classics;
- to be a student leader in the department; and
- to grow and contribute within the context of the College and its mission (learn more about Holy Cross by reading our mission statement)
Prior to Jan. 15, 2024 (the deadline for scholarship applications), we are delighted to set up an informational meeting about the scholarship and/or an opportunity to meet members of our community and learn more about the department. If you would like to arrange any one of these sorts of meetings either in person or on Zoom, please email or call the classics department's academic coordinator, Karen Paquin (508-793-2547). Also, for more news and information about our community, please see the classics news section at the bottom of our main page and our classics department Twitter account.
After Jan. 15, 2024, we will contact a short list of applicants with requests for interviews.
We are especially interested in working with candidates from groups under-represented in classics, such as women, students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students, and first-generation college students.
How to Apply
To apply, it is necessary by Jan. 15, 2024 to complete:
- Either the Common Application or Coalition Application for admission to Holy Cross.
- An additional application, specifically for the Full-Tuition Classics Scholarships.
- Two short essays:
- Choose a short passage of an ancient text you want to tell your friends or family about, and explain why it is meaningful for you to an audience that is unfamiliar with Greco-Roman antiquity (500 words; please include only a citation of the passage of ancient text in your essay, not the passage itself.
- Describe a time or circumstance when your study of classics made you think differently about the world you live in and how you could envision bringing this perspective to our community at Holy Cross (learn more about Holy Cross by reading our mission statement) (600 words).
- A name of one recommender who taught you Greek or Latin and who can write a letter specifically in support of your application for this scholarship (required). This recommender, who will receive an automated recommendation request when you submit your application, will have until January 27, 2024 to submit their recommendation. (Please feel free to ask a recommender who has submitted a letter of recommendation for your Holy Cross Common Application or Coalition Application to also submit a letter of recommendation for your Classics Scholarship application, and please note that they may submit the same letter in both places.)
- A name of one additional recommender who can write a letter specifically in support of your application for this scholarship (optional). This recommender, who will receive an automated recommendation request when you submit your application, will have until Jan. 27, 2024 to submit their recommendation.
- Optional Latin AP or SAT scores (if taken).
- Two short essays:
About the Scholarships
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 2029.