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Marianist Excel Program

EXcellence in Character, Education, and Leadership

Launched in 1992, the Marianist Excel Program identifies high-potential students and offers them financial, academic, and social support to succeed at Marianist high schools.
“Without financial aid from MUSP, tuition costs would prevent most of these students from attending Catholic high schools,” says Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education. “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.”
Excel - Program Selection FAQS
How many students are awarded an EXCEL Scholarship each year?
Each year the Marianists will sponsor four freshmen per incoming class to be in this program.
When do students apply for this program?
Students apply for this program when taking the HSPT Exam at CCHS. A completed Admissions Application and FACTS Tuition Assistance & Awards Application must also be submitted to CCHS. 
What is the timeframe for applying for the Marianist Excel Program (formally Marianist Urban Students Program, MUSP)?
A family must complete both their Admissions Application and their FACTS Tuition Assistance & Awards Application by the December 1st Priority Deadline for consideration for the EXCEL Program. The HSPT Exam must be taken at CCHS, and a date is offered in early December.
How do I know if my son is selected as a candidate for the EXCEL Program?
The Excel Moderator will contact eligible candidates directly to guide and discuss the program’s application process. He will also meet with the eligible families to discuss the program expectations. A family must meet all Need-Based criteria to be considered.
How many students are selected as candidates?
About 5-10 students are selected as candidates to apply for the EXCEL Program.
How are the Final Recipients chosen?
The EXCEL recipients are chosen by a committee that includes a former EXCEL Student, EXCEL Parent, NHI Advisor, EXCEL Moderator, and a local community leader. Bro Richard, the EXCEL Moderator, will inform applicants in late January about their EXCEL status.