Knowledgeable student staff members are there to help you every step of the way.
Our motto is based on the concept of spreading knowledge.
Fiat Lux provides students with a multitude of resources so they reach their academic and personal potential.
Since 2010, we've provided students the tools and motivation to be successful.

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.


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!