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 2023-2024 academic year are 10/3, 12/5, and 2/27. Apply via myHC.
Feel free to utilize this guide (DOC) to guide you in your application process. 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. Kathryn Hauver 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.
2023-2024 Marshall Fund Recipients
- Prof. Susan Amatangelo (World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) was awarded funds to help put on an end-of-semester Festa di Natale, for the Circolo Italiano and her ITAL 301 students. At the event, Italian Circle members and Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff celebrated the holidays and enjoyed being in community where people of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities share in the joy of speaking Italian, sharing their stories, and learning about Italian culture.
- Prof. Lindsey Caola (Psychology) was awarded funds to support the research project her "Psychology of Adolescence" students are doing with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass and Metrowest. Prof. Caola's students will create and disperse surveys for the littles to take, as well as lead littles through focus groups. The data they collect and will present to BBBS at the end of the fall semester will help to inform BBBS' strategic plan.
- Shane Fitzpatrick '25 was awarded funds to support the WPS Transition Program's participation in Holy Cross' annual holiday craft fair. WPS Transition Program and Holy Cross CBL students worked together all semester to create blankets and ornaments to sell at the fair. All proceeds support the Transition Program's great work! Shane first became connected to WPS Transition through their Montserrat and currently is one of the CBL Intern student coordinators of the program.
- Emily Gualdino ’24, Lindsay Riordan ’25, Ginger Berry ’25, and John Zimmermann ’26, were awarded funds to help put on an end-of-semester film screening and celebration lunch for the community partners working with their SPAN 312 course, "Filmmaking in Spanish" (Regional Environmental Council, Shrewsbury Public Library, DoughBoyz, and Main IDEA Youth & Arts). SPAN 312 students are working in film crews this semester to create videos for these four community partners. The film screening will be an opportunity for the community partners to view the videos for the first time, as well as build community amongst each other and the SPAN 312 students.
- Erica Schofield '25, Luke Letizia '25, Gwen Minogue '25, and Katie Stathoulopoulos '24 were awarded funds to help them put on a science demonstration at MA STEM Night, an MA STEM week event being held at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester. The demonstration will be geared toward Worcester-area youth to help them get excited about science and to get connected with Holy Cross STEM majors. The students became involved with MA STEM Night through their involvement with the CBL Intern Program and XChrom.
- Isabel Sullivan '26 was awarded funds to support a field trip for Worcester East Middle School students to the Worcester Art Museum. Isabel is a TA for GREK 101, a Fall '23 CBL course that is working with the Worcester Art Museum docents to create a special WAM tour for Worcester East Middle schoolers related to ancient mythology. The GREK 101 students will design elements of the tour and accompany the Worcester East students when they visit the museum.
- Delaney Walch '24 was awarded funds to purchase art supplies for students at Summit Academy. Delaney is helping to run an arts program for the students and became connected to Summit through her role as a CBL Intern.
Read about additional past recipients in the Marshall Memorial Fund Archive.