All students applying to 9th grade for the 2023-2024 school year are eligible to apply for the following merit awards. All submissions for merit awards including supporting documents are due to the admissions office by December 9, 2022. No submissions will be considered after the deadline.
THE CORNELIA CONNELLY
Our most prestigious merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic excellence and character.
To be considered, please submit the following:
- An essay (no more than 500 words) that answers the question: "What about Holy Child’s philosophy of education do you appreciate and how does it fit with who you are as a student?" Please cite your work if necessary.
- A creative video that is no longer than two minutes that expresses who you are, what you value you most, and what goals you have set for yourself.
- A reference letter from a coach, mentor, instructor - someone who knows you well and works with you outside of school. Someone who can attest to your outstanding work ethic and character, and is able to cite specifically why your candidacy for this scholarship should be considered.
- Once you select that you intend to apply for a merit award in your portal, you will gain the ability to upload your submission into your portal. Supporting recommendations may be emailed directly to Meghan Cross. All other materials should be uploaded into the portal. Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions.
ACTIONS NOT WORDS SCHOLARSHIP
In the Society of the Holy Child Jesus School Network, there is an understanding that our actions speak the message of the Gospel. At Holy Child, we strive to serve those in need as a community, and empower students to serve faithfully.
This scholarship is awarded to those who are already modeling virtues of peace, love, understanding, compassion, and mercy – in her home, her community of faith, her school, and in the world.
To be considered, please submit one of the following:
- Create a video about how you serve. Consider photos from various projects, as well as narration, and music. Be creative!
- Write a reflection about how you serve and why service matters to you.
Submissions of this kind should be sent as an email to Admissions with the subject, “Actions, Not Words Scholarship” and full contact information.
ALUMNAE LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP
This award is given to the daughter, granddaughter, niece, or sister of a current Holy Child student or graduate of the network of Holy Child schools.
To be considered, please submit the following:
- An essay (no more than 500 words) explaining the different facets of Cornelia Connelly’s life that resonate with you the most, how you would joyously approach your education at Holy Child, take full advantage of the opportunities available to you, how Holy Child will help set you on the path to realizing your personal goals, and why continuing your family's legacy is important to you.
- A reference letter from a Holy Child alumna should be sent directly to Meghan Cross at email@example.com. The letter may be written by a graduate of any of the Holy Child schools within the Society of Holy Child Jesus Network. However, the letter may not be written by the parent of the applicant. The letter of reference should speak to the students' character and academic and co-curricular interests. It should demonstrate why the student will take full advantage of the opportunities available to her at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, MD.
Applicants new to Connelly School of the Holy Child currently in grades 5-8 may apply.
Submissions of this kind should be sent as an email to Admissions with the subject, “Alumnae Legacy Scholarship” and full contact information.
VISUAL ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
To be considered, please submit a portfolio of work containing the following items:
- Two of your most successful works in any medium from the past two years.
- One imaginative 2D artwork in any media complete with an artist statement on a separate sheet explaining your ideas. No smaller than 11x14 inches.
- One still life drawing in pencil. Include three objects showing the surface on which they are standing, any shadows cast by the objects and the background (size: 11x14 inches).
- A written analysis of a famous artwork (no more than 500 words). Include a copy of the artwork and write an analysis of the visual elements that you see as well as a description of the artists’ intent. Please cite your work if necessary.
Submissions of this kind should be sent as an email to Admissions with the subject, “Visual Arts Scholarship” and full contact information.
PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
To be considered, please submit submissions via a link to YouTube or Vimeo, where you can publicly or privately host your video. If you are unable to post a video, please contact Ms. Fager for other options.
Students may submit videos for one of the disciplines below:
- Instrumental Music: two contrasting pieces; one to demonstrate technical ability and one lyrical or expressive;
- Vocal Music: two contrasting pieces from the following genres – classical song in English or a foreign language, jazz, musical theatre;
- Dance: one piece, in any form, no more than two minutes;
- Theatre: two contrasting monologues no more than one minute each (must be memorized).
Submissions of this kind should be sent as an email to Admissions with the subject, “Performing Arts Scholarship” and full contact information or can be dropped off to the Admissions office. No submissions will be considered after the deadline.
JUSTICE, PEACE, AND COMPASSION
In keeping with our Mission Statement and our Network School Goals, Connelly School of the Holy Child is an accepting community composed of students, staff, and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds and is dedicated to equity and inclusion. The school embraces the uniqueness of all students, families, and staff who both enrich and promote diversity for this community.
At Holy Child, our students and families represent a wide spectrum of cultures, identities, and backgrounds. This diversity allows our students, faculty, and community members to better understand and respect different experiences and makes us smarter, wiser, and better able to fulfill our vision of graduating students who go forth to shape a better world.
This scholarship is awarded to an individual who embraces and celebrates the uniqueness of her community members and promotes diversity and justice for those around her.
To be considered, please submit a 500 word essay explaining how you have, in your current school and/or community, and how you can, once at Holy Child, continue to "embrace the uniqueness" of all community members and "promote diversity and justice for all"?
Submissions of this kind should be sent as an email to Meghan Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, "The Justice, Peace, and Compassion Merit Award," with full contact information.
It has been and will continue to be the policy of Connelly School of the Holy Child to be fair and impartial in all of its relations with its applicants and to make all related decisions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law.