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Fiat Lux Scholars Program

Let There Be Light!

The Fiat Lux Scholars Program is a community of scholars and dedicated staff who take a holistic approach to empower a select cohort of first-generation, income-eligible students to enhance their development, growth and academic success. Through encouragement, motivation and engagement, the program inspires its Scholars to “let their light shine” by developing the necessary skills to obtain their degree from UC Merced. The benefits to Fiat Lux Scholars include:

  • Regular, frequent interactions with your Fiat Lux Coordinator or your assigned counselor, to review your progress and make sure that you have the support you need throughout the semester;
  • Special support programs outside of class, to optimize your learning and general college survival strategies;
  • Enrollment in USTU 010 Freshman Success Course, 1 credit, proven to improve first-year students’ academic outcomes; and
  • A strong support system from the Fiat Lux Scholars Program office.

Students in the program are expected to participate in all required elements, such as workshops, ongoing communications with the program, and meetings with the coordinator. Failure to do so may result in removal from the program in the subsequent semester.

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