Office of Student Life

The STEP Fellowship

What is the STEP Fellowship? 

The STEP Fellowship is awarded to students who meet the requirements of the program and who submit a STEP Signature Project Proposal by the deadline. Student proposals are reviewed and approved by the student’s STEP Faculty Mentor and STEP Administration. A fellowship of up to $2,000 can be awarded to help the student pursue a transformational experience.  

Who can receive a STEP Fellowship? 

To be eligible for the STEP Fellowship, students must adhere to the STEP Program Requirements. They must also be in good standing academically with the university at the time of the fellowship disbursement. Federal Financial Aid guidelines define good academic standing as a 2.0 GPA. Therefore, in order to receive the STEP Fellowship, students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the time of disbursement.

Note on “Fully-Funded” Students 

The STEP Fellowship is included in a student’s financial aid package during the semester the STEP Funds are disbursed. Thus, students who receive university scholarships and/or financial aid which covers all the annual cost of attendance should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine the best use of the STEP Fellowship. Learn more about the STEP Fellowship for students whose Financial Aid covers their full Cost of Attendance.

Questions? Reach out to Alexander Kaufman, the financial aid liason to STEP, at