Gifts of time, talent and treasure empower students to create a more humane, just, and sustainable world.
We are honored to share the impacts of your giving in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Thank you so much for your continued generosity to the Hilltop — your gifts of $4M last fiscal year sustained our community, our mission, and our vision for an improved world through Holy Cross education.
Keep reading to discover the impact of gifts of time at events, gifts of talent from volunteers, and gifts of treasure from donors. Or, download this information from our 2021-2022 giving impacts brochure.
Our founders believed that a values-based education held the power to improve lives and the world. Your support upholds this belief through annual programs such as:
- "First to GOat" initiatives and scholarships for first-generation students. 837, or 28%, of Hilltoppers are the first in their families to attend college.
- The Moreau Scholarship, which provides four years of full tuition support for outstanding graduates of Holy Cross high schools worldwide. In fall 2021, two Moreau Scholars joined the Hilltop community from Uganda.
- Student Success Coaches fulfilled 100K+ one-to-one advising sessions and communications with students throughout the academic year.
- The Hilltoppers Overcoming Obstacles Fund (HOOF). This year, 49 students received $20,387 in emergency aid, allowing them to rise above unforeseen barriers to success.
Your generosity empowers students from all backgrounds to explore opportunities for their intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth. Thank you for supporting our vibrant, inclusive campus.
- 273 Hilltoppers attended identity-based ceremonies (like the first-ever Disabled Students Celebration), encouraging long-lasting community for underrepresented students.
- 1,229 students safely returned to healthy on-campus living this year, and 1,200 participated in 100+ clubs and programs.
- A total of 1,162 community members attended 483 fitness classes.
- Mary Moody Northen Theatre donors supported three campus shows: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Book Club Play, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
- In summer 2022, 34 students studied abroad in Berlin and Paris.
Battle of the Saints Giving Challenge
Our Hilltopper Athletics donors herded together in this inaugural fundraising competition against the St. Mary's Rattlers, scoring the Saints Cup with a final tally of 573 donors to 286 — and raising $24,434 for student-athletes.
- 62 Hilltoppers earned the DII ADA Academic Achievement Award from the Division II Athletic Directors Association.
- 116 Hilltoppers made it onto the Fall LCS Commissioner's Honor Roll.
- Across our 11 athletics teams, 166 student-athletes received scholarships.
- Hilltopper Athletics earned the NCAA DII President's Academic Award of Excellence.
Service & Community
Service, justice, culture, and community are foundational to our Holy Cross mission.
- More than 350 students, faculty and staff participated in service opportunities through SERVE 1 Day.
- You have upheld our Holy Cross tradition for the next generation of Hilltoppers, lending support for cultural celebrations and services, including The Festival of Lights, Dia de Los Muertos, and Ash Wednesday.
- The Holy Cross Institute (HCI) advances Blessed Basil Moreau's vision through events and informational resources. With your support, the HCI delivered more than 120 talks, lectures, workshops, keynote presentations, and retreats to support Holy Cross educators around the globe.
Sustainable Food Garden
Every week, more than 20 students tend our campus community garden. Produce from the community garden is also used to stock the Monarchs food pantry, which serves 45 students each month. Food security allows Hilltoppers to focus on what's most important. Your generosity sustained and expanded this vital resource, including the installation of a new gravel walkway to ensure that people of all abilities may easily access the garden.
Wild Basin Creative Research Center
Last year, 12,000 students, neighbors, and friends visited Wild Basin. In addition to ensuring the land is preserved for educational and environmental purposes, Wild Basin donors also support innovative research. During the COVID-19 lockdown, St. Edward's faculty and students used a network of specialized sensors to track the impact of reduced environmental noise on wildlife patterns.