What is MUSP?
The Marianist Urban Students Program assists qualified students in achieving success in their education within the Catholic Christian atmosphere of a Marianist High School.
Is MUSP more than financial assistance?
MUSP is far more than economic assistance. It is a program to support students who come from urban elementary schools and middle schools in their quest to maximize their potential at Marianist high schools. During the school year, efforts are made to strengthen the communication between the student, the family and the school. Here are some things that are done through the program:
- Provide ongoing support of each student
- Monitor academic grades and school attendance
- Provide weekly academic coaching by arranging quarterly conferences with the parents
- Plan monthly enrichment activities
- Initiate regular conferences with school staff
- Match students with mentors in the community
- Provide necessary assistance with outside social agencies (if applicable)
- Provide tuition assistance
Is this program only for those financially in need?
MUSP is designed to help those who are financially in need, but not only financially in need. Tuition assistance is only one part of the program. Academic coaching, personal mentoring, service opportunities and community enrichment are essential components of the program.
Where is the program offered?
MUSP program is available at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio; Purcell-Marian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas.
Are the Marianists supporting this program financially?
Yes, the Marianists are financially supporting the MUSP through money from an endowment fund. To find out how you can contribute, contact Allison Hewitt.
How long has this program been in existence?
The first of these Marianist programs began in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Purcell-Marian High School in 1992. Villa-Angela St. Joseph High School was the second such program, which began in 1999. The Central Catholic High School program launched in September 2007. “Bylaws of the MUSP” and the “Mission and Goals Statement” for the program were determined by the Marianist Administrators and the MUSP Boards.
How much is the assistance worth?
If you consider the cost of the program director’s salary and all the enrichment activities sponsored by the program, it is difficult to estimate the true value of the assistance. Parents/guardians would be responsible for one-third of the school’s current tuition, plus fees. The MUSP generally covers two-thirds of the tuition.
Who selects the students?
The MUSP Board for each program selects the students.
How does the Board select these students?
The Board looks at the application forms and school reports, making a first selection. After interviews and conferencing, it makes the final selection.
What is the Board looking for in an applicant?
The Board looks for students who:
- Are serious in their studies
- Have good grades
- Display school leadership
- Are willing to be taught
- Are serving the school/community
- Have good attendance and discipline records
- Are involved in their church’s activities
- Have parental/guardian support of them in their studies and goals
Read this article from Alive magazine about MUSP.