The Scholars Training and Enrichment Program (STEP)


2012 STEP Scholars and Counselors


What is STEP?

The Scholars Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) assists high-potential and highly motivated high school graduates from school districts designated as underperforming (by the New Jersey Department of Education) who have been admitted to the Newark campus of Rutgers Business School (RBS). The purpose of STEP is to enhance their success toward getting an RBS undergraduate degree.

STEP is divided into two phases. Phase 1 of STEP is a six-week residential summer program that provides a select group of high-potential and highly motivated students from New Jersey high schools with the necessary skills to be successful at RBS. STEP Scholars are immersed in an intensive, full-time academic boot camp program designed to prepare them to excel in the business school curriculum while also managing college life and gaining career knowledge for entry into the business world.

The STEP Scholars study math and English for business, accounting, macro and micro-economics, and statistics as well as other topics that are critical to their success as business students. They also participate in enrichment activities. Then on Fridays, just before going home for the weekend, they attend field trips to corporations where they learn about the operations of the businesses and career opportunities.

Phase 2 of STEP consists of a multi-year follow-up which provides support services to the STEP Scholars during their freshman through senior years at RBS. These services include networking and social functions, academic counseling and internship referrals.

In 2013 the Program will run from Sunday, July 7 to Friday, August 16.

STEP was founded in 2007 by Dr. dt ogilvie, former Professor, Rutgers Business School.

STEP Scholars working together


What the 2012 STEP Scholars Say About STEP

"The most beneficial part of this program was experiencing what college life is going to be like in the fall. I now feel mentally prepared for what is coming this year."

"Meeting with different people in Rutgers and learning to network was great! I’m prepared to start my school year with the intention of doing great. Overall, this was an excellent program and I enjoyed every aspect even though it was in the summer!"

"I found out my study habits and what I will need in order to succeed [in] the next school year. [It also] gave me a taste of dorming, classes, workload, business world, working in a business, making friends in college, networking and some of the teachers, and study hall (because it taught me what study habits to have)."

"The classes overall were very beneficial because they gave me a taste of what was going to happen during my fall semester. The getting to know other students also helped ease my transition into school."

"Overall the experience was great."


How to Apply to STEP 

  • You may apply to STEP by clicking here.
  • The deadline for submitting the application is June 3, 2013.
  • We will send out acceptance letters by June 13, 2013.

STEP Scholars having fun!


Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Kay Ashby, JD, MBA
Program Coordinator