Meet a few of the Holy Cross students whose lives have been changed through financial aid support, as well as some of the donors who are dedicated to ensuring opportunity.

Mary A. Ricciardello and Douglas Sandvig
Mary A. Ricciardello and Douglas Sandvig

Established the Louis Ricciardello ’47 Endowed Scholarship
Houston, TX
"Not everybody has had the luxury of being able to go to school and come out with no debt. Buildings will fall, but education – that goes on forever."
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Elizabeth "Liz" Mazzocco '21
Elizabeth "Liz" Mazzocco '21

Accounting and Music
Constance & George Cahill Music Scholarship
Elmhurst, IL
"Holy Cross has provided me with hope for my future after graduation because I know I have become an individual with the potential to take on the challenges of the real world."
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Kevin Egan '95
Kevin Egan '95

Established the Joan and Richard W. Egan ’61 Scholarship
Hillsborough, CA
"[My parents] loved the idea of supporting Holy Cross and the idea of making a practice of giving and staying close to the communities that helped shape us."
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Kerry Shortell ’20

Psychology and Sociology; Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Kent Family Scholarship (2017-20)
Pearl River, New York 

“All I needed was for someone to take a chance on me, and that is exactly what the supporters of my scholarship did, in helping me to be here at Holy Cross. Thanks to financial aid, I got to attend my dream school.”
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Gynesis Vance ’22
Gynesis Vance ’22

Chemistry; Peace and Conflict Studies
Frances and Jacob Hiatt Scholarship (2019-20)
Worcester, Massachusetts

“The day I shadowed a current student made me realize I wanted to attend Holy Cross. Now, [thanks to my scholarship], I have the ability to stay near my family, church, and friends from home, and contribute to the community in which I was raised.”

Stephany Zabala ’23
Stephany Zabala ’23

Sociology; Health Studies
Joseph Ostertog Holy Cross Fund Scholar (2019-2020)
Providence, Rhode Island

“I never believed that I would be able to afford such a prestigious school like the College of the Holy Cross. Not only has financial aid made my family’s financial state stable, but it has granted me my biggest wish. It is because of my scholarship that I am able to be one of the first people in my family to attend college.”

Daisy Mendoza Sanchez ’22

Political Science; Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies
Paul D. Bernard '90 Scholarship (2019-20)
San Jose, California

"The rigor of the academics at the College, combined with the deep and nurturing sense of community, really transforms you.”
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Ryan Clouse ’22

English / Theatre
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Holy Cross Fund Scholar (2019-20)
Hudson Falls, NY

“To put it simply, this scholarship has given me opportunity. … Through the generosity of donors, I’ve been able to follow my dreams by immersing myself in literature and theatre.” 
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Maggie Hannick ’23

Mandarin Chinese and Health Studies 
St. Louis, MO

“Holy Cross gives me hope every day. It has from the start. … In its kindness and belief in service, through organizations like SPUD and immersion programs.”
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Nathaniel "Nate" Trotman ’22

Sociology and Economics
Edward Bennett Williams '41 Scholarship
Boston, Massachusetts

"I have nothing but hope for the future because of this place where I’m supported and challenged.”
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Tony Vacchione ’74
Tony Vacchione ’74

New York, NY

Established the Bonnie and Tony Vacchione Memorial Scholarship

“Having a broad education is an important asset. … I enjoy contributing to Holy Cross so that this tradition can continue. We need to be able to continue this tradition or, ultimately, we will lose our in the long run.”
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Genny (Castruccio) Salamon ’92 and family
Genny (Castruccio) Salamon ’92

Los Angeles, CA
Established the Castruccio Family Scholarship

“I hope [this scholarship] gives the recipients a community and support system. I think that helps raise people up.”
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Billy Collins ’63

Winter Park, FL
Established the Billy Collins ’63 Scholarship for Studies in Classics

“I am pleased to create this endowment at Holy Cross because its classics program is the most spirited and highly regarded of any such program at a liberal arts college in the United States.”
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Edward Bennett Williams was a scholarship recipient himself and would not have been able to attend Holy Cross without that financial support, Ned says. “Who knew that somehow the chance the College took on him 70 years ago would have an effect on today?”

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