Launched in 1992, the Marianist Urban Students Program (MUSP) identifies high-potential students in urban Marianist elementary schools and offers them financial, academic and social support to succeed at Marianist high schools.
“Without financial aid from MUSP, tuition costs would prevent most of these students from attending Catholic high schools,” says Marianist Brother Gene Meyerpeter, program coordinator. “They wouldn’t be exposed to the same values and would be lost in the shuffle of the public school system. In some cases, they’d be at risk of not graduating from high school.”
Each year, the Marianists make it possible for six students from the following Catholic elementary schools to receive partial tuition grants and membership in the Marianist Urban Students Program at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School: St. Agatha-Aloysius, St. Francis, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Jerome schools.
The selection of the recipients is done by the MUSP Board of Advisors. The Board is looking for students who fulfill all of the following conditions:
- Currently enrolled as an 8th grader in one of the MUSP feeder schools.
- Serious about their studies.
- Displaying school leadership.
- Active in school/community service.
- Having good attendance and discipline.
- Exhibiting good grades.
- Willingness to be taught.
- Involved in his/her Church.
- Parent’s/Guardian’s support of them in their studies.
- Desire to be an active member of a group
*Students admitted to MUSP must go through the VASJ admissions process and be accepted in good standing.