University of Holy Cross

UHC Institutional Scholarship and Grant Programs

Deadline to apply for scholarships is December 15, 2018

The University of Holy Cross believes that individuals who possess a desire to continue their education and show a commitment to improving themselves should be recognized. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the University of Holy Cross is able to offer a range of scholarship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to help defray the cost of coursework taken at the College. The College recognizes within its published Mission Statement that the education of the total person is its primary goal. In keeping with this philosophy, The University of Holy Cross strives to offer students the opportunity to develop skills and meet challenges through the pursuit of education.

Applicants will be notified, by mail, of the Scholarship Committee’s decision.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any entering freshmen who completes the application for admission, and is accepted to UHC:
    • Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8;
    • Must have a minimum ACT composite score of 20.
  • Any entering transfer student who completes the application for admission and is accepted to UHC:
    • Must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average;
    • Must have completed a minimum of 12 college level credits.
  • Any continuing UHC student who completes an application for scholarship:
    • Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average;
    • Must have completed a minimum of 12 college level credits.
  • Applicants must have FAFSA on file for the upcoming Academic Year by the scholarship deadline. Click here to file a FAFSA. Our school code is: 002023.
  • An applicant must have the intention to attend UHC the following fall semester, since scholarships are awarded for the next academic year. Scholarship awards are made based on the availability of funds, and are only applied to one academic year. Recipients must enroll on a full-time (12 credit hour) basis each semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to receive funds through this program.

Criteria Applicable to All Scholarship Recipeints

  • Awards for entering students will not be finalized until the student submits:
    • Official Transcripts and ACT scores, and immunization records to the Office of Admissions.
    • A completed FAFSA must be received by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Scholarship awards will be applied to the recipient’s student account prior to any federal or state grant assistance.
  • Scholarships do not apply to non-credit offerings.
  • Endowed Scholarship recipients are required to send a letter of gratitude and a photograph to the donor, which will be coordinated through the Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship.
  • Scholarship recipients should have no outstanding financial obligations to UHC.
  • The scholarship award is divided evenly amongst the Fall and Spring semesters. Exceptions will be approved by the Scholarship Committee on an individual basis.
  • Scholarship recipients must enroll for a minimum of 12 semester credit hours for undergraduate, or 9 semester credit hours for graduate, or the maximum number of credits required for major.

NEW – UHC Hurricane Scholarships

If you are admitted as a first time freshman, or new transfer student, for the fall semester and have completed a scholarship application, you will be considered for a UHC Hurricane Scholarship. Funds are limited and the selection process is competitive. You will be contacted by the Office of Admissions if you are offered an award.

  • You must complete a minimum of 24 hours over the course of an academic year. These awards do not require you to attend summer school. They will be disbursed half in the fall and half in the spring semester.

Explanation of Scholarship Types

The University of Holy Cross defines scholarships as: Any money awarded to a student to assist with payment of tuition, fees, or textbooks for an academic year. UHC has three classifications of scholarships: Endowed Scholarships, Unrestricted Scholarships, and Institutional Scholarships.


  • Funds are donated to the University by benefactors to be used as scholarships for students.
  • An endowed scholarship may not be available for awards every year.
  • Scholarships are awarded only if the endowment payout amount reaches a minimum of $500.
  • Donors determine the criteria for the scholarship (see Scholarship Guide).


  • Funds are donated to the University by outside benefactors and designated to be used immediately for scholarships.
  • The University determines the availability of funds, and awards scholarships accordingly.
  • Criteria for each scholarship are listed in the Scholarship Guide.


  • Tuition is discounted; no money is exchanged for payment of these scholarships.
  • Criteria for each scholarship are listed in the Scholarship Guide.


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