Fiat Lux is about your individual talents, and all of the brightness that you hold and bring to your role as a student at the University, and beyond.
Fiat Lux provides students with a multitude of resources so they reach their academic and personal potential.
Our Living Learning Community (LLC) provides the opportunity for 1-st Year students to establish relationships with peers pursuing a common goal of success in higher education.
Knowledgeable student staff members who are there to help you every step of the way.
Since 2010, we've provided students the tools and motivation to be successful.
Knowledgeable student staff that supports your holistic development.

Our Mission Statement and Vision

Mission: We empower a select cohort of income-eligible, first-generation college students through intentionally structured services that ease their college transition, build a community of scholars, and enhance their student development.

Vision: Promote resilience, increase retention, and minimize barriers to degree attainment for first-generation college students.

 New Scholar Policies For Spring 2020


Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and by Office Hour Appointment 


Tenaya 160 (Resident Learning Center) 

What is Fiat Lux?

The Fiat Lux Scholars Program is by invitation only and provides:

  • A living-learning community for First-Generation college students during their first-year 
  •  Support for students in the program through  the duration of all four years at UC Merced 
  • Offers financial aid package of 80,000 throughout the four years (20,000 each year) 
  • Dedicated counselors and student mentors that take a holistic approach to help guide First-Generation college students throughout their transitions


For general questions, please contact: fiatlux@ucmerced.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in our program and want to find out more? Click here and get answers to general questions about the program!