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UHC Scholarships

We know that attending college is a big step and it takes a fair amount of planning. There is a possibility that federal funds may not cover all of your tuition and fees. There are numerous outlets that can assist in covering your costs for college and scholarships are one of them.

What are scholarships? 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.

Endowed

  • 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).

Unrestricted

  • 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.

Institutional

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

Please remember to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be eligible for scholarships. Be sure to enter the University of Holy Cross on your FAFSA. School code: 002023. Complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

Scholarship deadline is December, 15.


Academic:

Any current students who apply for a scholarship:

  • Must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average.

Any entering freshmen who completes the application for admission, and is accepted to UHC:

  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 AND a minimum ACT composite score of 22.

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 AND have completed a minimum of 12 college level credits

Enrollment:

  • An applicant must have the intention to attend UHC the following fall semester, since scholarships are awarded for the next academic year. Recipients must be enrolled on a full-time basis each semester (12 hours for undergraduates, 9 hours for graduates)

 

Outside Scholarships

There are organizations that assist students with scholarships. Students are responsible for researching and applying for “outside” grants and scholarships. UHC encourages students to research scholarships and fellowships in a library's reference section, through online searches, by asking local organizations, or by using a personalized search.

This section contains random selection of scholarships that we identified by doing a simple search on Google to help get you started. Some good resources include:

We are so used to communicating electronically with each other that writing “traditional” letters may be hard for many of us.

  • Check out a sample scholarship inquiry letter provided by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors (NASFAA) by clicking here.
  • Ten Steps to a Strong Scholarship application.
  • If you are lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship from an organization, be sure to send them a “thank you” note.
  • Remember, you have to notify the financial aid office if you receive any aid from any outside source.

To make sure a web search service is reputable, call the National Fraud Information Center (800.876.7060) or visit them online at http://www.fraud.org /. To file a complaint about scholarship scams, or for free information about scholarship scams, students or parents should call 1.877.FTC.HELP (1.877.382.4357) or visit: http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.

 


 
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