Through a bequest of James J. Marshall and Ellen O'Connor Marshall, the College has established a fund to encourage the creative and intellectual involvement of students and faculty with the Worcester Community in order to enhance the quality of life in Worcester and build closer ties between the College and the community. Financial support is available on a competitive basis for service, research, and community-based learning projects that are of academic benefit to Holy Cross students and/or faculty and of benefit to the people of Worcester. Applications are available in the beginning of each semester and should be submitted to the Donelan Office by the listed due date.
Awards are typically in the range of $200-$500.
2014-2015 Grant Recipients Include:
- Emily Breakell was awarded funds to cover travel expenses so that she may attend the 2015 Food Waste and Hunger Summit taking place in Georgia. Emily will use knowledge gained at the conference to inform the development of a new student group: Holy Cross Food Recovery.
- Samuel Gentile was awarded funds to support Working for Worcester’s project to improve the recreational area at Elm Park Elementary School.
- Tiffany Holland was awarded funds to purchase an electronic keyboard and music books for the Holy Cross Music Therapy program at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
- Professor Min Kyung Lee was awarded funds to purchase refreshments for the final CBL presentation event in her Making the Modern City course as well as funds to support a visit from a CBL-related guest speaker in her course. Her students are conducting research to inform the development of the Blackstone Gateway Park.
- Andrew McAward was awarded funds to purchase soil and seeds to create a community garden on the grounds of the Fanning Building in Worcester.
- Michelle McGahan was awarded funds to purchase a white board and markers for her classroom at Burncoat Middle School, where she is doing her student teaching and is helping to pilot a co-teaching model.
- Jacob Medina and Dung Nguyen were awarded funds to purchase tablets and educational applications for CBL and SPUD students to use at after-school programs.
- Andrew Varuzzo was awarded funds to purchase supplies for a multicultural cookout in collaboration with Worcester Common Ground, a local community development organization serving Worcester’s Main Middle and Piedmont neighborhoods.
- Sarah Curran and Alexander Pagan-Mejia were awarded funds to purchase supplies in order to create Thanksgiving baskets for families of the Nativity School of Worcester.
- Naomi-Ann Gaspard and Jessica Rodriguez were awarded funds to coordinate a college visit for the members of Girl’s CHOICE.
- Anthony Criscitiello and Mary Patrice Hamilton were awarded funds to establish a honeybee hive on campus for educational and research purposes.
- Rebecca Sewell was awarded funds to purchase supplies for the Girls, Inc. “College Shower.” The “College Shower” is an event that celebrates the life transition of students beginning college.
- Kristen Paadre and Abbey Wilkman were awarded funds to purchase thank you gifts from the Holy Cross bookstore for eight middle school girls participating in an educational research project at St. Peter Central Catholic School.
- Professor Bridget Franco was awarded funds to support the purchase of supplies and refreshments for her Spanish 305 CBL site visits with the Latino Elders Program and the “Third Day” Program at St. Peter’s Assumption Center.
- Andrea Gendron and Ashley Fairbanks were awarded funds to purchase supplies for activities with the WPS Transition Program and the WPS Deafblind/Low Vision/Blind Department.
- Professor Stephanie Yuhl was awarded funds to purchase refreshments for the final CBL presentation event in her Representing the Past course. Her students are conducting research and constructing a virtual web tour of historic sites, edisodes, and individuals from Worcester history.
2013-2014 Grant Recipients Include:
- Liz Crowley was awarded funds to purchase extra large business suits for Dress for Success.
- William Geddes was awarded funds to conduct interactive, engaging physics demonstrations at Doherty High School.
- Brendan Healey was awarded funds to renovate outdoor recreation space at the Bridge of Central Massachusett's G. Stanley Hall School as part of Working for Worcester.
- Prof. Alison Ludden was awarded funds for community-based research presentation events resulting from research conducted in her Urban School and Resilience and Development classes. She was also awarded funds to sponsor a Manga workshop for students from Nativity School and her Resilience and Development class.
- Prof. Bridget Franco was awarded funds for interactive, Latino culture demonstrations given by students in her Aspects of Spanish American Culture at the Latino Elders Program of Centro Las Americas.
- Prof. Amanda Luyster was awarded funds to support the development of a Worcester Art Museum i-phone tour created by students from her Visual Arts class in conjunction with high school art students from Claremont Academy.