To increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions
STEP provides academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas. Projects consist of academic year and summer components including:
- Core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation
- Supervised practical training
- Supervised research training
- College admissions counseling
- Standardized tests preparation
- Career awareness/development activities
Institutional Eligibility: Competitive grants are awarded to institutions of higher education (IHE). IHE's administer projects in schools/school districts with 20 percent or more enrollment of historically underrepresented students.
Student Eligibility: STEP serves secondary school students all over New York State. Students must be:
- Enrolled in Grades 7-12
- Economically disadvantaged, or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.
- Economically Disadvantaged is measured by eligibility for Free or Reduced Price Lunch