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Marshall Memorial Fund

Through a bequest of James J. Marshall and Ellen O'Connor Marshall, the College has established a fund to encourage the creative and intellectual involvement of students and faculty with the Worcester Community in order to enhance the quality of life in Worcester and build closer ties between the College and the community. Financial support is available on a competitive basis for service, research, and community-based learning projects that are of academic benefit to Holy Cross students and/or faculty and of benefit to the people of Worcester. Awards are typically in the range of $200-$500. Download the application (DOC) or apply via the Student Applications Portal. Application deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year are 10/7, 12/2, 2/24.

General questions about the fund and the selection process should be directed to Michelle Sterk Barrett. Questions pertaining to purchasing/reimbursement should be directed to Diane GirardIsabelle Jenkins is available for coaching and guidance as applications are being completed. 

**Special note: if you are thinking about developing a program that involves bringing minors (children under the age of 18) to campus, the Safety of Children in College Programs policy and procedures must be followed. Isabelle is available to discuss and review this with Marshall Grant applicants as well.


Questions about the application process and how a CBL student has utilized the funds to support her CBL site?

Read an interview with Marshall Grant recipient, Caitlin Pollard '17 and her experience applying for the Marshall Grant to support the expansion of the food pantry at AIDS Project Worcester. 


2020-2021 Grant Recipients

  • Catherine Bopp ‘23 was awarded funds to purchase art and school supplies for the Assumption Center Mentoring Program. The supplies will be used during Zoom mentoring sessions between HC students and Assumption Center kids to provide more meaningful engagement with the kids’ academics and extracurricular activities. Catherine first became involved with Assumption through CBL. 
  • Sly Dwyer ‘21 and Emma Grugan ‘21 were awarded funds to purchase basketballs for students at Nativity School of Worcester. Sly and Emma will also be collaborating with the HC men’s basketball team to provide the Nativity students with videos of the basketball teams running plays. The team will also Zoom with Nativity students to discuss the sport. Sly and Emma became involved with Nativity through SPUD.
  • Sue Hunt (Associate Director, Government and Community Relations) was awarded funds to purchase grocery gift cards for families from Chandler Elementary Community School. Typically, HC cooks and serves a Thanksgiving meal for Chandler Elementary; the gift cards will enable HC to maintain their partnership with Chandler Elementary this holiday season. 
  • Raphaella Mascia ‘21 was awarded funds to purchase a bench for Cookson Field, a 19-acre park near Holy Cross that serves as a retreat for both Worcester residents and HC students. Raphaella will also work with the Worcester Public Works and Parks Department to clean up Cookson Field. Raphaella is an environmental studies major and is writing a College Honors thesis on the ecological state of Cookson field. 
  • Meghan O’Keefe '21 was awarded funds to provide a donation to support Music Worcester’s fundraising for the Worcester Black Heritage Juneteenth Festival and for the creation of the Major Taylor Museum. Meghan became involved with Music Worcester through her music class, “Music, Performance, and Community.”
  • Prof. Megan Ross (music) was awarded funds to provide stipends to local hip hop artists who will participate in live-streamed interviews to showcase the life and art of local hip hop practitioners to Worcester community members. The interviews will be streamed on Megan Ross’ Montserrat class’ instagram page, as well as will be available in recorded format to the Worcester Public Schools. Prof Ross is also working collaboratively with HC alum, Che Anderson ‘11 from the City of Worcester and the National Hip Hop Congress to share the interviews more widely.
  • Morgan Vacca ‘23 was awarded funds to purchase art supplies for WPS Transition Program’s virtual art class, “Art: Self Expression.” The supplies will enable HC CBL volunteers and WPS Transition students to more fully engage in the class. Morgan first became involved with WPS Transition through her CBL Intern role.

Read about additional past recipients in the Marshall Memorial Fund Archive.