The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2018 Has Been Announced

Posted by Communications on 5/2/2018

The Phoenix Union STEP (Student Expedition Program) Class of 2018 has been announced.  Sixteen students, from eight different schools received acceptances


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:


Angela Reyes Cervantes (Maryvale) - Swarthmore College

Cesar Parra (Bioscience) - University of Notre Dame

Dulce Gariepy (Bioscience) - Wellesley College

Eloisa Sanchez Urrea (Metro Tech) - St. Mary's University Honors College

Estrella Gonzalez Saldana (Metro Tech) - Scripps College

Gisselle Beltran Valdez (Metro Tech) - ASU

Ignacio Ventura Maqueda (Maryvale) - USC

Ismael Rios (Metro Tech) - ASU Barrett Honors College

Jennifer Beltran Gastelum (Camelback) - Smith College

Lizette Mier (North) - Wellesley College

Monica Lam (Central) - ASU Barrettt Honors College

Nancy Twishime (Bioscience) - ASU Barrett Honors College

Qing Zhang (Bioscience) - Tufts University

Samuel Sesena (Carl Hayden) - MIT

Sandra Casas (Maryvale) - ASU

Tabitha Hacker (Bioscience) - Bowdoin College