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Academic Support
UC Merced was recently featured in The College Tour. Learn more about some of the academic resources available, such as The Fiat Lux Scholars Program.
Living Learning Community
The Fiat Lux Scholars Program Living Learning Community assists in the establishment of relationships with peers pursuing a common goal of success in higher education. 
"Let Your Light Shine"
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.
A Team of Staff Dedicated Towards Your Success
Fiat Lux provides scholars with a multitude of resources so they can reach their academic and personal potential.
Empowering Our First-Generation Scholars
Through intentional collaborations and program delivery, we focus on overcoming barriers and celebrating academic milestones. 

Mission:

Our mission is to provide learning support, transition programs, and individualized interventions which empower UC Merced students to be successful in their academic and personal development. We provide opportunities and co-curricular experiences that enhance knowledge of university resources, academic and personal growth, and advocacy and access. Through intentional collaborations and program delivery, we focus on overcoming barriers and celebrating academic milestones.

 
  
 

What is the Fiat Lux Scholars Program?

The Fiat Lux Scholars Program is a four-year, invitation-only program for income-eligible, first-generation undergraduate scholars at UC Merced.

Scholars in our program benefit from:

  • A first-year Living Learning Community (LLC) in on-campus housing
  •  Holistic, student-centered support throughout the duration of all four years at UC Merced 
  • Dedicated professional staff and student staff that mentor and guide Fiat Lux scholars to achieve academic success
  • A financial aid package of $100,000 throughout the scholars' four years ($25,000 minimum each academic year in grant and scholarship awards) at UC Merced. Pell Grants and Cal Grants are included in the $25,000 amount being guaranteed, as well as any other grants and scholarships the scholar has been packaged with.
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