Phoenix Union STEP Class of 2017

Posted by Communications on 5/10/2017

The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2017 has been announced.  Twenty-two students, from 10 different schools received 41 acceptances from Arizona universities and 47 from out of state schools. 

 

The STEP (Student Expedition Program) educates and empowers Arizona high-school students to enroll in and graduate from college.    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. 

 

These seniors will be attending the following schools in the fall:

 

Name

High School

School Attending in the Fall

Alex Garcia-Delgado

Bioscience

Claremont McKenna College

Alexis Rosales

South Mountain

Smith College

Brysha Pelt

Betty Fairfax

Arizona State University

Cassaundra Gomez

Central

Smith College

Cynthia Serrano Najera

Trevor Browne

Wellesley College

Deja Royal

Metro Tech

ASU Barrett Honors College

Douglas Bencomo

North

Bowdoin College

Erwin Rubio Butron

South Mountain

GCU Honors College

Estephany Garcia

Maryvale

Arizona State University

Estrella Garcia

Carl Hayden

Wellesley College

Giovanni Rogel

Trevor Browne

Stanford University

Griselda Solis

Bioscience

Wesleyan University

Isai Diaz

Carl Hayden

Arizona State University

JoseFernando Cabajal Perez

Trevor Browne

Colgate University

Keilen Costilla

Central

Smith College

Kunica Kuy

Betty Fairfax

Bowdoin College

Leslie Mora

Camelback

ASU Barrett Honors College

Maria Villalon

South Mountain

Arizona State University

Mariah Quintero

South Mountain

Wellesley College

Marlon Reyna

Camelback

St. Mary's University

Nati Fuentes

Maryvale

Arizona State University

Ricky Tsang

Bioscience

Bowdoin College

 

As a class, they received over $1 million in first year gift aid from the schools they will be attending and over $12 million in total gift aid.  Twelve students each received over $60,000 in first year gift aid from the schools they are attending.  And six   students received over $1 million dollars each in total gift aid.