Marshall Memorial Fund

Through a bequest of James J. Marshall, Jr, ’26 in memory of his parents, 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.  Application deadlines for the 2021-2022 academic year are 10/6, 12/1, 2/23. Apply via myHC.

General questions about the fund and the selection process should be directed to  Isabelle Jenkins. Questions pertaining to purchasing/reimbursement should be directed to Diane Girard.  Mattie Carroll is available for coaching and guidance as applications are being completed. 

Questions about the application process and how a CBL student has utilized the funds to support her CBL site? Watch the J.D. Power Center's instagram story about how Jocelyn Buggy '22 used her Marshall funds to create welcoming baskets for the Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry. 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. 

**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. Mattie is available to discuss and review this with Marshall Grant applicants as well. 

2021-2022 Marshall Fund Recipients

Julia Bonnist '22 was awarded funds to purchase a class book set of the play, "Twelfth Night" for her students at Claremont Academy. The set of books will be rotated amongst 80 students, and Julia and her supervising teacher will deliver lessons to engage the students in discussions about the play. Julia was also awarded funds for a community dinner for Claremont students and staff to accompany the screening of the documentary, Alaskan Nets. The documentary tells the story of a high school basketball team in Alaska's only Native Reserve and their quest to win their first state title in more than 30 years. The documentary screening and dinner will provide a much needed opportunity for Claremont students and staff to gather and build community. Julia is student teaching at Claremont through the Teacher Education Program. 

Jocelyn Buggy '22 was awarded funds to create hospitality tea baskets for Afghan families that the Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry (WARM) is helping to resettle in Worcester. Jocelyn states in her application that hospitality is central to Afghan culture as it represents a foremost social and religious obligation. Gifting the families with these tea baskets can enable them to practice hospitality in their new community. Jocelyn and other SPUD Community Organizers will also create a social media campaign to stimulate important, timely conversations surrounding cultural responsiveness in promoting the wellbeing of refugees in Worcester. Jocelyn first became connected to WARM through SPUD.

Dora Calva '22 was awarded funds to purchase art supplies for Ascentria Care Alliance's Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program. The supplies will be used to create art during tutoring sessions with Holy Cross students. The art pieces will be worked on throughout the semester and then presented at an end-of-semester art show where Ascentria students and Holy Cross students can finally gather in person (they have been virtual since March of 2020). Dora has been connected with Ascentria through CBL and the CBL Intern Program since her first year at Holy Cross.

The students in Prof. Hsu's (Classics) Spring '22 CLAS 199 CBL course, "Refugees in Ancient Myth and Today" were awarded funds to support newly arrived Afghan refugees. Specifically, the funds will assist with Ansaar of Worcester's efforts to provide culturally appropriate food for individuals and families, as well as their efforts to support the families who have welcomed new babies since they have arrived in Worcester. The students in Prof. Hsu's course are working on various projects all semester to support the Afghan refugee community in Worcester. 

Diana Chavez Cruz '24 was awarded funds to purchase coats for El Buen Samaritano's annual winter coat drive. El Buen Samaritano is a social services organization that provides food services, English classes, immigration assistance, and more to Worcester community members. Diana became connected to El Buen Samaritano through her Fall '21 CBL course, "Filmmaking in Spanish," where she served as a member of a film crew to make a film for the organization. The film helped to tell El Buen Samaritano's story and share about the impact El Buen Samaritano is making in Worcester. 

Julianne Esteves '22 was awarded funds to purchase bereavement books for families being supported by Notre Dame Health Care's Pedi Pals program, a program that supports children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Julianne was also awarded funding to purchase frames that can be used for legacy projects Pedi Pals works on with families who have lost their child to illness. Julianne became connected to Pedi Pals through the CBL Intern Program.

Prof. Bridget Franco (Spanish) was awarded funds to host a luncheon for students and community partners involved in her Fall '21 CBL course, "Filmmaking in Spanish." Through the course, students break into film crews and work with a community partner to produce a film that the partner can then use however they see fit (for marketing, storytelling, and more). This semester, the class worked with four partners, The Assumption Center, El Buen Samaritano, MSDA (Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP Services Dental Association), and REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health). The students premiered their films for the community partners on December 13th and all shared in a celebration together to discuss the films and review the semester. You can find all of the 2021 short films, as well as productions from prior years on Bridget's filmmaking showcase. Congratulations to Bridget and her students for another successful "Filmmaking in Spanish" course!

Mariem Girgis '22 was awarded funds for art and bracelet making supplies for the WPS Transition Program. The art supplies will be used each week to create a Worcester skyline mural and the bracelets will be used to make friendship bracelets to symbolize the relationships being built between WPS Transition students and Holy Cross CBL volunteers. Mariem volunteers with the WPS Transition Program through her Spring '22 CBL course, "Health, Culture, and Social Justice in Latin/x America."

Paige LaMalva '24 was awarded funds for supplies to support LATN 102 students in their work to teach basic Latin to Worcester youth. Students from Latin 102 are volunteering with Worcester East Middle School, City View Elementary School, and the Marie Anne Center. The Latin students work in small groups to deliver Latin content to the Worcester youth through games and activities. 

Giovanna Messina '22 was awarded funds to purchase a class set of the graphic novel, "White Bird: A Wonder Story." Giovanna plans to teach the novel to her sixth grade students at  Worcester Arts Magnet School. Giovanna is student teaching at Worcester Arts Magnet through the Teacher Education Program.

Morgan Vacca '23 was awarded funds for supplies and art instruction by the Worcester Creative Hub for the WPS Transition Program. Morgan volunteers with the WPS Transition Program through her role as a CBL Intern where she coordinates other WPS Transition Program CBL volunteers. Each week, WPS Transition Program students come to campus and partner with HC CBL students to share time together and take part in educational and social activities. In the spring, they are going to work with Worcester Creative Hub for several weeks so that participants can take part in art-related activities. 

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