Giovanni Rogel, who has been in STEP (Student Expedition Program) has just been accepted to Stanford. He has also been accepted to Harvey Mudd, Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Bowdoin and Pomona.
The program works with students from low-income households who are internally motivated to take rigorous courses and do the hard work to excel. A majority of the students are the first generation in their family to seek a college degree.
Students enter STEP's College-Prep Program in their sophomore year and participate through high school graduation. Twenty-seven highly-focused workshops (and individual advising) provide students with step-by-step guidance in the college preparation and application process, including financial aid instruction for both students and parents. Summer programs at college campuses nationwide and STEP's signature three-week Leadership Expedition in the wilderness of Alaska allow students to experience life away from home in a challenging and supportive environment.