The STEP Scholars Program
Strengthening Talents & Exploring Pathways Program
What is STEP?
Strengthening Talents and Exploring Pathways (STEP) is a new and exciting program designed for students to transition into their academic and career interests. As a STEP Scholar, students receive a range of special privileges and professional connections on and off campus. STEP aims to empower students to take ownership of their education and professional advancement. STEP is open to all UC Merced students who are first generation, from low-income families, or have a documented disability. If you are interested in applying to STEP, please submit an Intake Form.
STEP is a TRiO funded Student Support Services (SSS) Program.
The STEP Scholars Program provides student-centered support and opportunities for students to engage in meaningful explorations and selection of academic majors and career fields. STEP aims to help students attain better understanding and exposure to opportunities that will enrich their learning and academic success here at UC Merced. It is our goal to strengthen our students' self-efficacy and resilience during their journey towards graduation.
The STEP Scholars Program will revolve around three activities, which are directly tied to the Program Objectives
- Student Retention: Academic Preparation and Support
- Good Academic Standing: Co-curricular Support for Building Confidence and Exploration of talents, in addition to Financial Aid Awareness
- Shortened Time To Graduation: Career and Graduate School Preparation, Planning and Visioning
Benefits of Joining STEP:
Student Success Internship opportunities
Skills building workshops
Career professionals interaction opportunities
Field trip excursions to pre-law, pre-med conventions, educational and cultural arts events statewide!
Spring Semester 2017 Requirements
Pick up your Passports from a Fellow in the BSC (KL222) office! In order to maintain enrollment in STEP, ALL Scholars must complete the following:
4 STEP Program Events
3 one-on-one meeting with your Fellow
2 one-on-one meeting with Program Coordinator (GX)
1 Special Requirement based on your class standing
Freshmen: Meet with Primary Advisor/Peer Academic Advisor from your School (SSHA, Engineering, NS)
Sophomore: Complete Jumpstart Meeting with your Primary Advisor
Junior: CCPA Visit - Complete a resume or elevator pitch
Senior: CCPA Visit - Take the StrengthsFinder Career Assessment
Seniors note: The online assessments require a username & password. To receive the username and password, schedule an initial consultation by calling CCPA (Center for Career & Professional Advancement) at 209.228.7272 or by visiting the center in SSB 230.
Your Passport (which contain your requirements) are due April 17th. You will receive a cerficate at our Recognition Ceremony for your completion of requirements.
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