Launched in 1992, the Marianist Urban Students Program identifies high-potential students in urban Marianist elementary schools and offers them financial, academic and social support to succeed at Marianist high schools. The Marianists operate MUSP programs at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati; Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland; and Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.
“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.”