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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.

Admitted 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

Learn about the program