Academic and Spiritual Outreach

Our students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the many opportunities for academic outreach in the community.  We are able to collaborate with community organizations to address community needs and civic concerns and to critically examine public issues in part through the sharing of our resources, research, knowledge, and time.


Outreach Efforts 

Office of the College Chaplains

The Chaplains’ Office serves to strengthen the spiritual life of the Holy Cross community through retreats, community service, pastoral care, and worship. Welcoming and attending to students of all religious backgrounds, the chaplains encourage you to reach your fullest potential by integrating your academic life with your faith.

For more information regarding retreats, worship schedule, immersion programs, and more please visit:

Worcester-Area Scholarships

The Ellis Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship that is offered to a Worcester resident entering their first year at Holy Cross. It is renewable for all four years. There is no separate application for the Ellis Scholarship, and all applicants to College who reside in Worcester are considered. Finalists will be invited to campus by the scholarship committee for an interview in February.

Learn more about other scholarships and grants available


The campus libraries at Holy Cross—Dinand, Fenwick Music, O’Callahan Science, Archival and Special Collections, and Rehm—are all available to the public for scholarly research. The libraries offer an extensive collection of research materials including books, journals, DVD's, photographs, and walk-in access to electronic resources. Additionally, upon request of high schools, Dinand Library offers instructional sessions.

Learn more about Holy Cross Libraries.

For more information contact Alicia Hansen, head of research, teaching and learning,

Deaf Outreach

The Deaf Studies and Sign Language program at Holy Cross collaborates with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and non-deaf members of the Greater Worcester community to raise awareness, host educational programming events and offer service in the community. The Deaf Studies program partners with agencies to provide workshops, presenters and meditated encounters between the students and the general public, including ASL dinners and ASL Mass held four times a year along with different program activities open to the public.

For more information contact Ying Li and Stephanie Clark, the program co-coordinators for Deaf Studies program,


 Ignite Project-Based Learning Fellowships provide students with the opportunity to put the knowledge they have gained in the classroom into practice. The program funds student-designed, student-implemented projects designed to put the Jesuit principles they have absorbed during their time at Holy Cross to work.

Learn more about the Ignite Fund. For more information contact Michelle Sterk Barrett, Director, J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World, 

The Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning (CBL) is a teaching approach that connects classroom learning objectives with civic engagement. In this mutually beneficial process, students are able to gain a deeper understanding of course content by integrating theory with practice, while communities gain access to volunteers, resources, and the wide-ranging research and scholarly expertise. To learn more visit CBL's website:

Learn more about the Marshall Memorial Fund:

Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program (TEP) prepares students to become reflective, justice-seeking educators who are able to affect change within the complex landscape of contemporary education. For more information contact Mary Beth Cashman, director of TEP,

McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture 

The Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture sponsors and supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality and mutual obligation.

 For more information, please contact the office at 

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies students can work with local environmental nonprofit agencies, such as the Regional Environmental Council, the Greater Worcester Land Trust, the Blackstone River Coalition, Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Center, and the EcoTarium ecology museum.  

For more information, please visit the Environmental Studies webpages

Holy Cross Science Ambassadors

This student group organizes and hosts hands-on science workshops and demonstrations for elementary, middle and high school students visiting the College, as well as visits local schools and museums upon request to showcase science and discovery. Supported by the chemistry, biology, mathematics & computer science, physics, and psychology departments.   

For more information contact Gaby Avila-Bront, assistant professor, chemistry department,

Botanical Advice

Holy Cross Biology Professor Emeritus Robert Bertin has provided professional consultation for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Resources and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and has made presentations for Mass Audubon, the Greater Worcester Land Trust, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and several garden clubs. He is on the editorial board of the journals Northeastern Naturalist and Rhodora and serves the New England Botanical Society in several capacities.

For more information contact Robert Bertin, professor/biology,

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

The chemistry department provides use of its Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer to qualified graduate students and industry chemists outside of Holy Cross for scholarly research purposes.

For more information contact: Kevin Quinn, associate professor, chemistry department,

The Weiss Summer Research Program

Holy Cross offers one of the most robust summer research programs among its peer liberal arts college. Each year, a hundred students participate in an eight-week immersive research project, some design their own projects, others work on existing faculty projects. 

Learn more about the Weiss Summer Research Program

Internship Programs 

Semester Program: Washington, D.C.

Offered through the J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World, the Washington Semester Program is highly selective, and provides students (usually in their junior year) with unparalleled opportunities to spend a semester in Washington.

 Learn more about the Semester Away Programs.

The Academic Internship Program 

The Holy Cross Academic Internship Program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience in a field related to their vocational calling, and reflect on that experience in a weekly internship seminar. For more information contact Maryanne Finn, Center for Liberal Arts in the World,

Summer Internships (Center for Career Development)

With a liberal arts education, Holy Cross students can pursue practically any career under the sun. Summer internships help students understand if a certain field or occupation is a good fit while providing the opportunity to make valuable contributions to the host organization.  The Center for Career Development offers a variety of opportunities for organizations to meet their recruiting needs and connect with our students.  Learn more about summer internships.  For more information contact the Center for Career Development at  

Community Partner Collaborations

Holy Cross is privileged to partner with Worcester and Worcester-area non-profit organizations and agencies as part of its academic outreach. Below we highlight a few of those organizations.


Worcester Public Library Foundation

The Foundation secures funding for library programs and services which cannot be funded through local budgets.  

Learn more about the Worcester Public Library Foundation.

An updated list of community partners will be up soon