Our STEP scholars are incredible individuals! Their fierce determination, caring demeanor, and hard-earned success is proof of their strong character and readiness to break through expectations.
Here are just a few of our students’ stories and how STEP has been influential in their life.
Read too about what others have to say about our STEP scholars.
“Thanks to the STEP Program, I am at the college of my dreams. I am so grateful that there is a program like STEP that will continue helping generations to come make their dreams of going to college come true!"
STEP Alum, Colgate University
“The STEP organization is truly one of my favorite organizations in the country.”
Senior Assistant Admission Director, Smith College
“The best kind of people are the ones in your life who believe in you and help you see your worth so you start to believe that you are valuable. STEP believed in me."
STEP Alum, St. Mary’s University
"Being a first generation Latina and coming from a single parent household, I used to want to cry at the idea of applying to college. I had no idea that I had what it took to get into a college like Pomona, but STEP believed in me and that was the push I needed. STEP literally made my dreams come true. I will be thanking STEP for the rest of my days."
STEP Alum, Pomona College
“I love that STEP exists. My students come back from their STEP Expedition and tell me it changed their lives.”
Teacher, Cholla High School
“I don’t think I could ever put all of my gratitude for the STEP program into words. Without STEP, I would have been so lost in this crazy college application process. I would not have known what tests to take, how to format my essays, how to apply for financial aid … but most importantly, I would not have known that I had the potential to go to a school like Wellesley. Thank you for guiding me towards success!”
STEP Alum, Wellesley College
“I came into STEP knowing very little about college or how to afford higher education. Now I am able to mentor and motivate students to continue their education so they, too, can succeed.”
STEP Alum, Williams College
“We are beyond blessed that Karena is part of STEP. Her confidence has sky rocketed! I will NEVER forget the impact STEP has had on our lives.”
“I would never have had the confidence I have now if it wasn’t for STEP. Now look at me, President of the Native Association on my campus and well on my way to graduating from Duke University!”
STEP Alum, Duke University
"When I applied to STEP my sophomore year, I didn’t think I would be accepted. I thought that opportunities like these never happen to people like me - a girl who comes from a family where no one attends college. Being accepted and attending all the workshops was a complete blessing. I gained the support and knowledge that I would have never gotten at my school. In the end I gained confidence in myself. STEP has been one of the best experiences in my life."
STEP Alum, University of Arizona
“STEP made me realize that I deserve to be here.”
STEP Alum, Williams College
“STEP honestly changed my life, it's what pushed me to consider colleges outside of my state. Without this program I would most likely be attending community college in state and working full time because those were my initial plans. STEP IS AWESOME!!”
STEP Alum, College of Wooster