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 2022-2023 academic year are 10/5, 12/7, 2/22. 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.  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. 

2022-2023 Marshall Fund Recipients

  • Emma Coonan '26, Laura Hofmann '26, Corinne Cheong '26, Eliza Simpson '26, and Viola Kim '26 were awarded funds to put on an Easter egg hunt for youth connected to Pernet Family Health Center. The students, as a part of their CBL Montserrat course, "Worcester Stories" (taught by Prof. Sarah Luria) are working with Pernet throughout the semester to do a mapping project of the Green Island Neighborhood. The mapping project will help to tell the story of the neighborhood and its people. The Easter egg hunt is one way for the students to connect with the residents. Students will also be participating in clean-up projects at Pernet, as well as present their mapping project at the Academic Conference and at Pernet at the end of the year.
  • Jamil Davis '23 was awarded funds to purchase supplies to support his student teaching this year at South High Community School. Supplies include materials for a hygiene curriculum Jamil is creating and teaching in the spring, which will then be available for other teachers to implement in future classrooms. Jamil became connected to South High through the Teacher Education Program.
  • Cayla Friedman '26 and Grace Doherty '26 were awarded funds for a field trip for Clark Street Elementary School students to come to Holy Cross for the day. The students will receive a tour from Admissions and eat in Kimball. Cayla and Grace became connected to Clark Street through their CBL Montserrat courses ("Inclusion and Pop Culture" taught by Prof. Hayley Stefan and "Flourishing" taught by Prof. Neal Lipsitz).  
  • Yadary Gutierrez '23 was awarded funds for an end-of-semester bowling outing for students in Ascentria Care Alliance's Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program and Holy Cross CBL students who volunteer with the program. The end-of-semester activity will be extra-special this year, as it will be the first time since 2020 Holy Cross students and Ascentria students will meet in person! Yadary became connected to Ascentria through her role as a CBL Intern (Yadary currently serves as one of the Ascentria Care Alliance volunteer coordinators). 
  • Valentina Maza '23 was awarded funds to purchase winter clothing items to supplement El Buen Samaritano's (EBS) winter clothing drive. Valentina became connected to EBS through her role as a CBL Intern, as Interns visited EBS during the Intern training retreat. Valentina also organized a winter clothing drive through the CBL Intern Program to collect items to go along with the items she plans to purchase with Marshall Funds.
  • Hannah Moore (Cantor Gallery Fellow) was awarded funds to support a collaboration between the Cantor Gallery, Prof. Amanda Luyster's (Visual Arts) Intro to Visual Arts CBL course, and Worcester Public Schools' AP Art History students. Prof. Luyster's students and the WPS students will work together to create a scavenger hunt activity to accompany the upcoming exhibit, "Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece." Prof. Luyster is co-curating the exhibit. The scavenger hunt will be debuted at the exhibit's family day in February. 
  • Megan Yee '25 was awarded funds to facilitate a flower pot decorating event for residents at St. Mary Health Care Center. Megan became connected to St. Mary through her role as a CBL Intern. Volunteering at St. Mary on a weekly basis has helped Megan to learn about the residents' interests, including gardening. This event will also help other St. Mary volunteers get to know the residents better, as Megan plans to include additional volunteers in the decorating.

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