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. 

Mission Statement

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. 

The STEP Scholars Program will revolve around three activities, which are directly tied to the Program Objectives

  1. Student Retention: Academic Preparation and Support
  2. Good Academic Standing: Co-curricular Support for Building Confidence and Exploration of talents, in addition to Financial Aid Awareness
  3. Shortened Time To Graduation: Career and Graduate School Preparation, Planning and Visioning


Benefits of Joining STEP:

Indivualized mentorship

Student Success Internship opportunities

Skills building workshops

Faculty/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 27th. 





3PM-6PM | COB 120
5-8PM (TUTORING FOR MATH 5, 12/22, 11/21 AND CHEM 8)
COB 264


Financial Aid Workshop A: Scholarships!

Feb. 6th | KL 208 | 3PM - 4PM


Field Trip to Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Pre-Health Conference

Information Session: Tuesday, 2/7 | COB 264 | 3pm - 4pm

Student Optimum Success (SOS) Series

Feb 13 - Mar 20 (Every Monday) 
3PM - 4PM | SSB 250

Field Trip to UC Berkeley Law School Admission Conference

February 25 | 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Location: UC Berkeley campus
This conference will provide a comprehensive overview of the law school application pricess. Currently UC Berkeley law students and administrators will provide advice on how to best navigate the law school application process. Law school students are also available to review your personal statement.
Instructions to register: Click on registration link. After you submit your registration, you'll receive a confirmation email. You must forward that email to: to reserve your seat with STEP. STEP will provide free transporation to/from the conference. 

STEP Social

Feb. 28 | 5PM-6:30PM | California Room
Come out for fun, games and prizes! 

Financial Aid Workshop B: Income Taxes 101

March 22 | 4PM - 5PM | SSB 160
Currently working or will be working in the near future? Learn the basics of income taxes filing and resources that are available! 


GRE / MCAT Challenge!

April 5 | COB2 110
Thinking about graduate school or medical school? Prepare yourself for graduate school entry tests! KAPLAN will be providing a cohesive session on the GRE and MCAT (1 hour long each), which includes a practice test! 

GRE Challenge Session: 3:00PM-4:00PM

MCAT Challenge Session: 4:30-5:30PM

  • Learn how the GRE / MCAT Exam is designed and scored
  • Take a tour of the application timeline
  • Learn how you an prepare for the exam
  • Learn about Kaplan's resources

Professional Roundtable 

April 13 | CLASSRM 267 | 3PM-4PM
Meet with professionals from various career fields! 

Recognition Ceremony

April 20 | 6PM - 7PM | Bobcat Lair
A special award ceremony to recognize Scholars who complete their requirements (passports), and to recognize our Student Success Interns!


online assessments require a username & password. To receive the username & password, schedule an initial consultation by calling 

209.228.7272 or by visiting the center in Student Services Building 230.

Find out more about the STEP Program

Contact: Ger Xiong, Program Coordinator
Email: | Tel: (209) 285-9703
Calvin E. Bright Success Center | University of California, Merced
Schedule a meeting with me here: