Legacy STEPS


Strategies for Transfer, Excellence, Preparation, and Success

Legacy STEPS is the scholarly cohort program designed to help first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students enhance their experience at Westminster College. The STEPS program also helps students explore post-graduation opportunities after transferring from Salt Lake Community College.

Students participating in Legacy STEPS receive social, cultural, financial, and academic support; have faculty mentors; and meet regularly with their cohort throughout the academic year. The cohort serves as a peer support network where each student can encourage persistence and success among one another. Participants in Legacy STEPS also have the opportunity to achieve academic success by developing leadership skills and cultivating community in a supportive environment.

Benefits of Being a Legacy STEPS Student

  • $500 each semester for two years to spend on books for your classes
  • Two academic credits that count toward graduation
  • Mentoring and advising from staff, professors, or community leaders who care about your success in college and in life
  • Support with academic discussions, writing, and research skills
  • Help preparing for graduate school or a career after graduation
  • Support from a social network you'll meet before classes start
  • Social and community events throughout the school year
  • A free summer bridge orientation to Westminster with meals included
  • Access to outdoor education and leadership events

Legacy STEPS Summer Bridge Program

The Legacy STEPS summer bridge program is a three-day, on-campus program where you learn strategies for academic success at Westminster College. You’ll get to know your future classmates and learn the value of having a group of friends to turn to for support.

Apply to Legacy STEPS

There are 10 spots available in the Legacy STEPS program for the 2018–19 school year. To be eligible for the program, you must be a first-generation college student (neither of your parents received a bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States). Alternatively, you can be a traditionally underrepresented student (African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander), a student with a disability, or a low-income student. You must be able to attend the Legacy STEPS Summer Bridge program from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for three days in late July/early August.

To apply, complete the essay and pre-college questionnaire. Applications will be reviewed between April and July, or until all spots are filled.