Champions for Student Success

Champion for Student Success Award recognizes political leaders who demonstrate commitment and leadership in education.  The award is given to Members of Congress who work to improve public education for all students through enhanced public policy, and who support federal education programs designed to promote college access and student success. 

NCCEP developed the Champion for Student Success Award to recognize the strong leadership and support for education demonstrated by notable political leaders.  Champions for Student Success are particularly concerned about students at risk of not graduating from high school, and low-income students who aspire to be the first in their families to attend college.  The leaders recognized as Champions for Student Success have distinguished themselves by strengthening education policy and advocating for systemic change in education, and by ensuring high quality postsecondary education opportunities remain affordable and accessible to all students.

Past honorees include:

GEAR UP Program Locator

Are GEAR UP services available in your state or region? You can find out by clicking on this interactive map. Here you will find where GEAR UP programs currently serve students, the size of their grants, how many students they serve and a link to their website for more information.