Scholarships

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

Scholarship Submission Details were sent December 2021 to 9th grade applicants who indicated their scholarship interest on the admission application. Please reach out to the Admission Office with questions.

  • 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 2022 for their scholarship evaluation.

Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship award in their Admissions acceptance letters at the end of February 2022.

Questions? Contact our Admissions Office  at admissions@academyoftheholycross.org | 301-929-6442.

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. 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. 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 2022.

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.

Visual Arts portfolio review and auditions for the Performing Arts will take place in February 2021.

Performing Arts:

All Performing Arts Scholarship auditions must be pre-recorded and submitted via Dropbox by 10:00 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021. There will be no live auditions. However, there will be follow up virtual interviews on Saturday, February 12, 2021. All candidates who submit an audition video by the due date will be interviewed. The scholarship evaluation will be completed entirely remotely; there is no on-campus component.

Please see the Performing Arts Scholarship Audition & Interview Information Email from Admissions to access audition video requirements, submission Dropbox link, and interview scheduling. If you need assistance, please reach out to admissions@academyoftheholycross.org

Dance
One piece, in any style, of no more than two minutes. Wear appropriate dance attire and footwear. Candidates must be visible from head to toe throughout the entire audition video.

Instrumental Music
Prepared piece no more than two minutes in length, either solo or accompanied. The candidate's entire instrument should be visible in the audition video with the exception of pianists.

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. 

Copies of any transcribed materials (e.g. sheet music, monologue texts) used in preparation for the any audition should be uploaded to the Submission Dropbox.

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 no virtual or in-person evaluation for this scholarship. All portfolios must be sent via email or shared digitally by February 12, 2021. You may send directly to the Visual Arts Department Chair, Dale Placek, dplacek@academyoftheholycross.org.

Admissions Team

Barbara Murray

Director of Admissions

Nancy Salmeron

Assistant Director of Admissions

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