The USF Jesuit Foundation, established by a gift from the USF Jesuit Community, has as its purpose helping USF become more a university by engaging and fostering its Catholic identity. Because that identity depends considerably upon the depth and presence of Ignatian spirituality within the institution, the Foundation encourages the integration of Ignatian spirituality with the programs and structures that sustain the character and life of the University.
Grants are available on a competitive basis to current full-time faculty and full-time staff of the University of San Francisco. Applications for grants from the Jesuit Foundation are accepted in the Fall semester, due November 1, and in the Spring semester, due April 1 (or the following Monday if the 1st falls on a weekend).
Electronic copy is the preferred method for submitting an application (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please see Application and Criteria for instructions on how to submit an electronic application. Hard copies may be delivered to Lone Mountain Rossi 424 by 5:00 PM on the due date.
The Spirit of St. Francis Award is given to a student who embodies the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis, after whom the city of San Francisco is named, has long been honored by peoples of many religious traditions for his humble and loving service to all whom he encountered. The recipient of this award is recognized by the University community for outstanding service, especially to the poor and disenfranchised of San Francisco and beyond. The recipient of this award is a rising senior who has done exemplary volunteer work in San Francisco, the U.S. or internationally.
The Pedro Arrupe Award is given to a rising senior who embodies the ideals of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. Named in honor of the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, this award honors a student whose commitment gives evidence of a living faith that seeks to find God in every event and every person. The promotion of justice and the desire to seek the greatest good, constitutive elements of Jesuit tradition, have marked the choices and activities of the recipient. The recipient exemplifies a student who is committed to the promoting justice by working to transform social structures in order to alleviate poverty and oppression.