STEP Application

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Student Qualifications – you must meet all qualifications to apply:

   Sophomore in High School

   Un-weighted GPA of 3.6 or higher

 Currently taking multiple Honors classes and on track to take AP/IB level classes in junior/senior year

    Low income (qualify or slightly above qualifying for free/reduced lunch)

    Neither parent has a 4-year college degree


We are looking for students who:

    Plan to attend a 4-year college/university full-time immediately after high school

  Will commit to attending monthly college-prep workshops throughout their sophomore, junior and senior year in high school

    Are interested in considering colleges around the country as well as Arizona


NOTE:  This application must be completed to be considered for STEP’s College-Prep Program.  In order to be considered for STEP’s Leadership Expedition in Alaska, you must be in STEP’s College-Prep Program.  It is possible to participate in STEP’s College-Prep Program without participating in the Leadership Expedition. 





     PART 1 (Application) – Two electronic signatures required - applicant and parent/legal guardian


     PART 2 (Essay Questions) 


     PART 3 (Recommendations) – We require at least 2 recommendations from teachers in CORE subjects (English, Math, Science, History, or Foreign Language)


     PART 4 (Transcript, Current Progress Report, Final Semester Grades) Submitted by counselor

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Applicant (Student) Information

Please enter date in MM/DD/YYYY format

Phoenix includes all locations near or in the larger Phoenix metropolitan area - includes Tolleson, Chandler, Glendale etc. Tuscon includes all locations near or in the larger Tucson metropolitan area - includes Rio Rico, Marana, Vail etc.

We need ways to contact you directly! Please enter your student cell phone number (if you have one) and your personal email.

STEP will primarily use email to correspond with students. Provide us with a PERSONAL email that is checked REGULARLY.

We will be emailing our final decision on your application by the end of January or first week of February. We may also be contacting you via email for an interview. Please check your email regularly during this time including your spam and promotions folders. 

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Income and Ethnicity Information

We keep all information you provide us regarding your citizenship confidential. We use information collected regarding citizenship for the sole purpose of being able to answer your questions, advise you on college options, and determine your eligibility for various types of financial aid. We do not share this information with any third party. From time to time, we may be required to disclose, for grant funding and reporting purposes, the citizenship of our students as a whole. In this case, we share only aggregated or anonymized information, which cannot be used to identify you. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, please ask us.

Hold the control key to select multiple ethnicities.

Education and Academic Information (Student) 

This will flag you as not eligible if you enter grade 9 or 11.

We REQUIRE TWO recommendations.  These should be from two of your high school teachers in CORE SUBJECTS (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language).  

 You can identify up to 2 additional recommenders, but this is not required.

Recommender 1

Recommender 2

Two recommendations are required. Any additional recommendations are optional
Additional Recommendations


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Family Members
Please enter family members who have participated in STEP and their relationship to you.

We need to collect info on both biological parents – please fill this out as completely as you can.

Mother Information

Please give name of company or, if applicable, record unemployed, self-employed, stay-at-home mom, etc.

Please give job title or short description of type of work.

Father Information

Please give name of company or, if applicable, record unemployed, self-employed, stay-at-home mom, etc.

Please give job title or short description of type of work.

Guardian Information

Please give name of company or, if applicable, record unemployed, self-employed, stay-at-home mom, etc.

Please give job title or short description of type of work.

Parent/Guardian Education

Bachelors, Masters, PhD, MD, JD, etc.

Additional English Speaking Adult Contact

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PART II.  Essay Questions


Your responses to these questions are the core of your application.  Please provide a well thought out and well developed response to each question. 

Please double check your answers for grammar and spelling.

We suggest that you construct your essays in a word processing program (Microsoft Word/Google Drive etc.) and cut and paste them into the available spaces below.


Below please provide-

      Your extracurricular activities and the average number of hours per week you spend on each activity.  Please include ALL activities that take up your time outside of class, including sibling/family care-giving, translation for family members, work, clubs, sports, band, choir, volunteering.  Provide any details needed for clarity.

      All leadership positions you've held in the last two years (both in school and outside of school).  Give time frame for each (e.g. half of my freshman year).


Enter month/day/year or month/year

If this activity is ongoing please enter 'ongoing', otherwise enter the month/day/year or month/year.

This is required in order to apply to STEP
Granting access to your grades is required in order to apply to STEP.  If permission is not granted, then your application will be incomplete and your application will not be considered for the STEP program.

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I hereby certify that all of the information provided in this application is true.

NOTE: Both a student and parent (legal guardian) electronic (typed) signature are required below 

In order to submit your application, complete these FOUR steps:
  1. Hit the Review button below
  2. Review the entire next page
  3. If you need to edit, click Make a Correction at the bottom of the page.
  4. Once no other edits are needed, then click Confirm at the bottom.
Your application will not be submitted unless you hit CONFIRM on the next page.
You will receive an email if you have successfully submitted your application. If you DO NOT recieve that email, your application has not been successfully submitted.