The financial aid program at Holy Cross has been established to assist students who would otherwise not be able to attend the College due to financial restrictions. Students from the Worcester area who apply and are eligible for financial aid from Holy Cross may be awarded funding from several endowed scholarships as part of a total financial aid package.
Additionally in 2008 Holy Cross established a new financial aid initiative: Worcester residents who are admitted to the College of the Holy Cross and who come from families with incomes below $50,000 receive four years of free tuition, currently $48,295 per year.
Another four-year, full tuition scholarship opportunity for a high school senior who is a resident of Worcester is provided through the Theodore T. and Mary G. Ellis Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was created by the Ellis family estate in 1941. The Holy Cross Admissions Committee selects a recipient of the Ellis Scholarship each year based on academic excellence and personal strengths while taking into account the financial need of the family.
To learn more about the College's financial aid program, please visit the Financial Aid department's website.
- Thomas Callaghan Scholarship: Established in 1914 by the late Thomas Callaghan of Leicester, Mass., limited to residents of Worcester County, preference to be given to those preparing for the priesthood.
- Theodore T. and Mary G. Ellis Scholarship Fund: Established in 1941 by the estate and through the generosity of the late Theodore T. and Mary G. Ellis. Income from this gift is used to grant an annual scholarship to residents of Worcester.
- Rev. John J. Foran, D.D., Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1962 by the Rev. William A. Foran to provide scholarships for graduates of Catholic secondary schools in the present diocese of Worcester and Springfield.
- Mary Gammal Scholarship: Established in 1981 by Mary Gammal to provide income to students who are suffering from a complete loss of hearing, or are profoundly hearing impaired. First preference to students from Worcester, then to those from Massachusetts.
- Monsignor Griffin Scholarship: Established in 1895, limited to residents of St. John’s Parish, Worcester, Mass.
- Hartnett Family Scholarship: Established by John F. Hartnett '87 with preference for students who are graduates of the Nativity School of Worcester. If no such candidate exists, then it may be awarded to deserving students who reside in Worcester, Mass.
- Richard Healy Scholarship: Established in 1908 by Mr. Richard Healy of Worcester, Mass., open to competition for residents of Worcester County regardless of creed.
- William R. Hearst Foundation Scholarship: Established in 1998 by a grant from The Hearst Foundation to support financially needy students from the Greater Boston and Worcester areas who intend to reside in the United States after completing their studies.
- Frances and Jacob Hiatt Scholarship: Established for deserving students, with preference to those from Worcester County; selection to be made by the President of the College.
- Holy Cross Community Scholarship: For students from the Greater Worcester area.
- Katherine H. Hoy Scholarship: Established in 1959, by a bequest from the estate of James M. Hoy ’05. Income to be used to assist a student with preference given to a needy and deserving student of St. Stephen’s Catholic Parish of Worcester, Mass.
- Jesuit Community of Holy Cross Scholarship for Worcester Students: Established by the Jesuit community of Holy Cross to provide scholarship assistance to students from the Greater Worcester area.
- Thomas R. and Elizabeth Johnson Scholarship: Established in 1973 by a bequest from the estate of Elizabeth E. Johnson for the education of worthy students from Worcester, Mass., with preference given to students within the boundaries of Holy Rosary Parish.
- Joseph Maguire ’58 Scholarship: Established in 2015 to provide scholarship assistance to graduates from one of the Worcester, Mass. public schools. If a Worcester public school graduate is not eligible, the College will award the scholarship to a student from another public school in Massachusetts.
- Dr. John J. and Maytie Kelley Fund: Established by the estate of Alicia M. Kelley, for students of Worcester County who maintain a “B” average.
- Clemens M. Linga Jr.Scholarship: Established in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. Clemens M. Linga, Sr. in memory of their son, Clemens, Jr. ’71. Income to be awarded to worthy and needy students from Worcester County with an interest in the field of law. Selections to be made by the President of the College.
- Edward C. Maher Scholarship: Established in 1981 by Edward C. Maher ’40 for needy students from the immediate Worcester area.
- Jeanne R. Maher/ Nativity School Scholarship: Established with a gift by Thomas A. Maher ’84, in memory of his mother Jeanne R. Maher, to be awarded to selected graduates of the Nativity School of Worcester. The recipient will provide volunteer ser- vice to Worcester Nativity throughout their four years at Holy Cross.
- Mary F. Mourin Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 1975 from the estate of Mary F. Mourin to aid in the financial assistance of students whom the Board of Trustees deems worthy and in need of financial aid residing in Worcester or Worcester County.
- Robert E. O’Coin ’41 Scholarship: Established in 1987 by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce for financial aid scholarships for Worcester residents attending Holy Cross with preference given to commuters.
- O’Driscoll Scholarship: Established in 1874, for a student (limited to residents of Worcester), who is a candidate for the priesthood and is selected by the Bishop of Worcester or his delegate.
- John F. O’Keefe Memorial Scholarship: Founded in 1984 and augmented with gifts in memory of John F. O’Keefe ’51, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer of the College from 1970 to 1984. Income to be awarded to a first-year student, preferably a Worcester- area student.
- Rev. Daniel H. O’Neill Scholarship I: Established in 1895; limited to residents of St. Peter’s Parish, Worcester, Mass.
- Rev. Daniel H. O’Neill Scholarship II: Established in 1908; limited to residents of Worcester, Mass.
- Reverend Lawrence F. O’Toole Scholarship: Established in 1966 in memory of Rev. Lawrence F. O’Toole ’13 by his sister, Mrs. Florence Drury. Preference to priest- hood aspirants with preference, first, to a member of St. Bernard’s Parish, Worcester, Mass., and second, to anyone in the Diocese of Worcester.
- Power Family Classes of ’20, ’53, ’69, ’93 and '14 Endowed Scholarship: Established in 2006 with a gift by James David Power ’53, P93 and family. This scholarship is to provide assistance to Holy Cross students from Worcester County, Mass.
- Rev. John J. Power Scholarship: Established in 1907 by the late Rev. John J. Power, D.D., limited to residents of St. Paul’s Parish, Worcester, Mass.
- Lillian A. Quinn Scholarship Fund: Established in 1968 by a bequest from the late Lillian A. Quinn. Income to be used to provide scholarship aid for worthy and needy students to be selected by the President of the College, preference given to students from Immaculate Conception Parish, Worcester, Mass.
- Patrick W. Rafferty Scholarship: Established in 1920 and open to competition among deserving students of Worcester, Mass.
- John Reid Scholarship: Established in 1894 and limited to residents of Worcester, Mass.
- Richer Family Scholarship: Established by Jerry Richer ’80 with preference for students who are graduates of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, with secondary preference to graduates of a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Worcester. If no such candidates are available based on the above criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student from Massachusetts.
- Monsignor Paul Riedl Scholarship: Established in 2000 by a bequest from the estate of John Riedl in memory of his brother to provide assistance to College of the Holy Cross students with preference for graduates of public or parochial high schools in Worcester, Mass., or St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.
- Patrick and Mary McCauley Ronayne Scholarship: Established in 1973 by a bequest from the estate of Elizabeth E. Johnson for the education of worthy students from Worcester, Mass., such students to be selected by the Trustees of the College.
- Father Francis Xavier Seelos Scholarships for First-Generation or Non- Traditional Local Students: Established in 2006 by David S. Zamierowski, M.D. ’64 in honor of Father Francis Xavier Seelos. Income will be used to provide need-based scholarship assistance to Holy Cross students who are (1) first-generation students of higher education or are (2) non-traditional local students.
- Timothy A. Shea Scholarship Fund: Established by bequests from the estate of Timothy A. Shea in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Shea; a brother, Michael F. Shea; and sisters, Katherine and Elizabeth. Income to be used exclusively for non-resident students residing in Worcester and awarded on a competitive basis.
- Rev. Robert Walsh Scholarship: Established in 1895, limited to residents of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Worcester, Mass.
- George J. White Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 1994 by a gift from George J. White ’39 for a resident of Worcester, Mass.
- Owen J. Wood Scholarship Fund: Established in 1967 in memory of Owen J. Wood ’66 by The Worcester Undergraduate Club. The income is to be used to provide financial aid to a Worcester area student, with preference given to orphans.