Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility Requirements

S-PREP/STEP is designed for New York State residents in grades 7 through 12 who are historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions. 

Students must be:

  • Enrolled in Grades 7-12
  • A New York State Resident or a Permanent Resident residing in the state.
    • A student is considered a New York State resident if he or she resides in New York State and has lived in New York State for the last two terms of school prior to entry into the STEP program or resided in New York State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term for which he or she is seeking participation in the program.
  • Economically disadvantaged*, or Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.
    • Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
    • American Indian and Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
    • Hispanics or Latinos are those people whose origins are from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, or the Dominican Republic. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.

*Economically Disadvantaged: For the purpose of STEP, a student is economically disadvantaged if he or she meets the income eligibility criteria (New York State Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Criteria). The eligibility standards set forth apply only at the time of admission as a first-time student to a STEP program. Once admitted, a student may continue to receive supportive services as needed, even if the family income rises above the current eligibility standards.

Selection Criteria

Students enrolled in S-PREP are selected on the basis of strong motivation, character, and academic credentials. Participants in S-PREP are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Maintenance of an 80% grade average particularly in math and science
  • A strong interest in medicine or STEM
  • The ability to commit to the program schedule
  • A mature personality- Conduct him/her/themselves in a manner conducive to their own learning, and to the learning of others. 


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