Scholarships

To be considered for a Scholarship, 9th grade applicants must indicate Their intent to apply on The Admission application. 

  • Applicants may apply for either the Sancta Crux Scholarship OR the Gillespie STEM Scholarship but not both.
    • Applicants applying for the Gillespie STEM Scholarship will be automatically considered for the Sancta Crux Scholarship. The Gillespie STEM Scholarship is a special distinction within the Sancta Crux Scholars program and requires an additional recommendation and interview. Please note: applicants to the Sancta Crux Scholars program will not be automatically considered for the Gillespie STEM scholarship in reverse.
  • 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 2021 for their scholarship evaluation.

Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship award in their Admissions acceptance letters at the end of February 2021.

Questions? Contact Emma Hart, Director of Admissions at ehart@academyoftheholycross.org or 301-929-6477.

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:

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

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

  1. Academic performance in 7th and 8th grades
  2. Pursuit of Scholarship digital submission. In light of the HSPT-optional initiative for the Class of 2025, all Sancta Crux scholarship applicants will be required to submit an additional component - the Pursuit of Scholarship digital submission. More details will be sent in December 2020 to those who have applied for the Sancta Crux scholarship.

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 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) if applicant choose to take and send HSPT scores
  3. Successful completion of Algebra I
  4. Candidate Interview*

*Candidates will be invited to come for an interview, which will take place in February 2021.

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 in February 2021.

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.

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.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts students should be prepared to share 4-5 pieces of art work. Preferably the selections should be created from at least two different mediums, (for example: acrylic, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, clay, mixed media, sculpture, etc.).

On the scholarship day, students will have the opportunity to participate in a studio workshop and have a brief portfolio review with a member of the art faculty. If you cannot attend or prefer to send art work for review via email, please attach the image files and send directly to the Visual Arts Department Chair, Rebecca Cornelius, rcornelius@academyoftheholycross.org.

Admissions Team

Emma Hart

Director of Admissions

Jordyn Brock

Assistant Director of Admissions, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Access

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