Scholarships

All incoming freshman students who submit the Admissions application by Monday, December 9, 2019 may be considered for the following scholarships.

Successful candidates will be notified of their scholarship award in their Admissions acceptance letters at the end of February 2020.

(Candidates may not receive both the Sancta Crux and Gillespie STEM Scholarships.)

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

$1,000 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:

All ninth-grade admissions candidates will be considered for the Sancta Crux Scholarships.

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

  1. Academic performance in 7th and 8th grades
  2. Performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT)

The Gillespie STEM Scholarship

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

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 two 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.

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. Performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT)
  3. Successful completion of Algebra I
  4. Finalist Candidate Interview*

*Finalists who meet the criteria above will be invited to come for an interview, which will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

$1,000 a year for 4 years of high school

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

Application Process:

Visual Arts portfolio review and auditions for the Performing Arts will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Dance
One piece, in any form, no more than two minutes. Bring your own music. Wear appropriate dance attire and footwear.

Instrumental Music
Prepared piece no more than two minutes in length, either solo or accompanied. Piano and drums are available to use. Student is welcome to provide their own accompanist or email sheet music to lmeehan@academyoftheholycross.org by Monday, February 3, 2020.

Theatre
Two contrasting monologues (comedic/dramatic) no more than one minute each. Must be memorized. -OR- One monologue (no more than one minute), and 16 bars (or one minute) of a song from a musical. Must be memorized

Vocal Music
Prepared vocal audition piece no more than two minutes in length, either a cappella or accompanied. Student is welcome to provide their own accompanist or email sheet music to lmeehan@academyoftheholycross.org by Monday, February 3, 2020.

Visual Arts
1. Choose one of your most successful works in any medium from the past two years. Size: no larger than 18x24 inches. No frames please.

2. Draw a still life in pencil. Include three objects showing the surface on which they are standing, any shadows cast by the objects and the background. Size: 11x14 inches.

3. Draw a self-portrait in pencil, charcoal, or colored pencil, of your face, neck and shoulders. Size: 11x14 inches.

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