Black Scholars Program

The Black Scholars Program is an ambitious, rigorous, and competitive academic program, grounded in in Jesuit values, that seeks to educate the whole undergraduate student and develop their potential to fashion a more humane and just world.

Designed for high-achieving black students who are committed to serving the needs of underserved communities through their chosen career paths, the program builds student leadership capacity and provides students with the resources, skills and support necessary to achieve excellence and pursue rich and rewarding careers after graduation.

Students who are selected for the Black Scholars Program will receive a renewable four-year full tuition scholarship. 

In addition, Black Scholars will:

  • Reside in the Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community during their first year
  • Take interdisciplinary African American Studies and community engaged learning courses
  • Network with local black Bay Area community leaders and USF alumni
  • Receive mentoring from USF faculty, staff, and/or alumni
  • Be guided toward research assistantship and/or internships
  • Develop a senior capstone project that meets the academic requirements of their major


Scholars Stories


  • Incoming first-year students are invited to apply
  • Must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or greater
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career related to social justice and working for the advancement of people in need
  • Participation will not be limited to, but preference will be given to first-generation students and those who demonstrate financial need

How to Apply

USF Honors College Eligibility

Students selected as Black Scholars will also be eligible for acceptance into USF Honors College and will have the opportunity to pursue a distinctive honors curriculum. In addition, Black Scholars may also be named as University Scholars and/or apply for the Getty Honors College Scholarship to support research, internship and study abroad activities during their four years at USF.

More about the honors college