Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen: To be considered 9th grade applicants must indicate Their intent to apply on The Admission application. 

Scholarship Submission Details will be sent to 9th grade applicants who indicated their scholarship interest on the admission application.

Applicants may apply for either the Sancta Crux Scholarship OR the Gillespie STEM Scholarship but not both.

Applicants may apply for either the Performing Arts Scholarship OR the Visual Arts Scholarship but not both.

Applicants may apply for one academic scholarship (Sancta Crux or STEM) and one arts (Performing or Visual) scholarship if interested.

Scholarship applicants will be contacted in January 2023 for their scholarship evaluation.

Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship award in their Admissions acceptance letters at the end of February 2023.

Questions? Contact our Admissions Office 
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Sancta Crux Scholarship

$5,000 a year for 4 years of high school

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The Gillespie STEM Scholarship

$5,000 a year for 4 years of high school

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Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

$2,500 a year for 4 years of high school

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Sancta Crux Scholarship

$5,000 a year for 4 years of high school
 

The Academy of the Holy Cross invites incoming freshmen with exceptional academic achievement and potential to become Sancta Crux Scholars. During this four-year program, Holy Cross will foster the intellectual growth of these extraordinary young women and help embrace and develop their gifts. Scholars must take four honors-equivalent classes each semester and maintain a 3.5 weighted grade point average throughout the program.

Criteria for Selection for Incoming Freshmen:

9th grade applicants must indicate their intent to be considered for the Sancta Crux scholarship on the admission application

In addition to your Applicants will be considered for the scholarship based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic performance in 7th and 8th grade
  2. In light of the HSPT-optional initiative for the Class of 2027, all Sancta Crux scholarship applicants will be required to submit an additional component.  More details will be sent the first week of January 2023 to those who have applied for the Sancta Crux scholarship.
  3. Pursuit of Scholarship Submission; due Monday, January 9, 2023

    2023-2024 Submission Guidelines

The Gillespie STEM Scholarship

$5,000 a year for 4 years of high school

The Academy of the Holy Cross invites qualified incoming freshmen who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math with a sincere interest in the field of engineering to apply for the Gillespie STEM Scholarship.

The Gillespie STEM Scholarship is a special distinction within the Sancta Crux Scholars Program. By applying for the Gillespie STEM Scholarship, applicants will be automatically considered for the Sancta Crux Scholars program and may qualify for Sancta Crux even if they do not qualify for STEM.


As the American foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Mother Angela Gillespie, C.S.C. strongly believed in full educational rights for women, and championed the introduction of advanced courses in science and higher mathematics during her tenure as provincial superior.

The expansion of the order and of its educational work proceeded rapidly under Mother Angela’s direction. During the Civil War, Mother Angela established eight military hospitals, staffed two hospital ships, and provided for the direction of scores of sister-nurses.

In her honor, the Academy will award STEM Scholarships to qualified incoming freshmen who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math, and a sincere interest in the field of engineering.

Gillespie scholars must take one of the Project Lead the Way engineering courses by the end of sophomore year.

Application Process:

An additional letter of recommendation from the applicant’s middle school science or math teacher describing the candidate's interest in pursuing STEM must be sent to admissions@academyoftheholycross.org. This recommendation can be in the form of a letter (sent via mail or email) or using the Teacher Recommendation Form with specific commentary describing the candidates interest in pursuing STEM.

Criteria for Selection:

Applicants will be considered for the scholarship based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic performance in 7th and 8th grades, with a focus on math and science
  2. Successful completion of Algebra I
  3. Candidate Interview*
  4. Pursuit of Scholarship Submission; due Monday, January 9, 2023

2023-2024 Submission Guidelines

*Candidates will be invited to come for an interview, which will take place in February 4, 2023.

Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

$2,500 a year for 4 years of high school

All incoming freshmen may audition or present a portfolio for one of the scholarships listed below.

Visual Arts portfolio review and auditions for the Performing Arts will take place in February 2023.

Performing Arts

All Performing Arts Scholarship auditions and interviews will take place in-person on Saturday, February 4, 2023. All candidates who indicate intent to apply will be required to audition for consideration. 

There will be one morning and afternoon session, the schedule will be sent to applicants in early January 2023. 

Dance
One piece, in any style, of no more than two minutes. Wear appropriate dance attire and footwear.

Instrumental Music
Prepared piece no more than two minutes in length, either solo or accompanied. 

Theatre
Two contrasting monologues (comedic/dramatic) no more than one minute each. Must be memorized.

-OR- One monologue (no more than one minute), and one excerpt of a music theatre song (no more than one minute). Both must be memorized.

Vocal Music
Prepared vocal audition piece no more than two minutes in length, either solo or accompanied. 

Visual Arts

Visual Arts candidates must submit a portfolio of 4-5 pieces of artwork. Preferably the selections should be created from at least two different mediums, (for example: acrylic, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, clay, mixed media, sculpture, etc.).

There will be an in-person portfolio review and a hands on art activity/evaluation for this scholarship. All portfolios must be brought in on Saturday, February 4, 2023. If you have any questions please contact the Visual Arts Department Chair, Quondra Gaskins, qgaskins@academyoftheholycross.org.

Admissions Team

Barbara Murray

Director of Admissions

Nancy Salmeron

Assistant Director of Admissions

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