Put simply, PRIME is an acronym for Purpose + Reach = Individuals Measured for Excellence. And the PRIME STEM Project addresses the academic and social needs of eligible UCF STEM students who are first-generation in college, have a documented disability or demonstrate financial need.

The Project provides services to 120 qualified students who demonstrate the greatest need and academic potential for participation, and are pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics related majors.

All PRIME scholars have an opportunity to participate in academic advising, tutoring and mentoring opportunities, and cultural events. These students are also eligible to receive special scholarships.

The PRIME STEM Project is funded through the TRiO Student Support Services Grant, which was awarded to UCF in August of 2010. The goal of the grant is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and to help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.