A Preview of Life as a Muscat Scholar

Common Reading

This year, MSP will be reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in East Los Angeles, California. Together we will explore the themes of compassion, inclusion, and service through the work he has done with gang members and identify how those themes flesh themselves out in our work inside and outside of the classroom.

Find Your Strengths

This summer we will be implementing the Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment with all incoming MSP Scholars, staff, faculty, and advisory board members. Focused on discovering our talents and strengths, the Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment will allow us to identify how we can capitalize on our strengths to be successful in and outside of the classroom.

Community Service

One of the major features that program alumni consistently rate as most impactful is the community service component. In Tribes, Scholars will be going to many venues in the City of San Francisco to partake in two community service activities over two days to learn more about the City and discover the importance of service learning as a student at the University of San Francisco.

The City is Our Classroom

As much as MSP is an orientation to USF, it is also an orientation to San Francisco. We know that many students come to USF having never visited San Francisco before, so there are daily field trips as well as larger group outings worked into the program that help students get familiar with their new home and city.

Start Thinking about Jobs and Careers

The Career Services Center collaborates with MSP to provide feedback on resumes and guidance on preparing for the world of work through intentional planning through the four years of college. We are pleased to be able to offer MSP students with a job fair of departments from the University who are looking for applicants to staff their offices.

Networking and Resources

MSP Scholars will meet many staff, faculty, and administrators that make USF the amazing place that it is and have access to the many services that help students achieve their goals: Learning & Writing Center, Koret Student Health Center, the Gleeson Library, and many others await Scholars!

The PACT Program

PACT was created for aspiring young men of color at USF. PACT collaborates with MSP to provide a holistic support system for its members focused on intergenerational mentorship, helping men develop and utilize their strengths while teaching them the importance of holding one another accountable.

Meet the Muscateers

Muscateers are MSP alumni that provide mentorship to the incoming students. Muscateers will guide the scholars after the MSP summer program has ended. Part of their role is to help the Scholars adjust to the college life and get acclimated to USF both socially and academically throughout their college years. 

Access to Technology

In collaboration with Information Technology Services, MSP Scholars who meet financial aid guidelines will be eligible to apply for a refurbished Mac or PC laptop. This program is strictly need-based with a limited supply of computers available for donation, at no cost to the student.