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Nearly 1,000 Davenport seventh-graders will get an extra boost to help get them ready for college, thanks to a grant through the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.

Davenport is one of 12 school districts to receive a seven-year Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, grant. This is the second GEAR UP grant the district has received.

“We’re so excited,” district spokeswoman Dawn Saul said. “This is going to benefit all of our current seventh-graders in the district.”

The Clinton Community School District also will receive a grant, according to the commission.

Iowa is one of 10 states selected by the U.S. Department of Education for the GEAR UP award and will receive $22 million over the next seven years, according to a news release from the commission.

The money will target low-income and first-generation seventh-grade students and will follow them through high school and their first year of college. Statewide, the program will serve 6,300 students, according to the release.

The program will utilize partnerships to provide services and programs to increase the number of students prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

Heather Doe, communications coordinator of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, said the grant money will be distributed based on per-student allocation. She did not yet know how much that will amount to for the district.

Partner districts were selected based on geographic distribution and if 50 percent or more of its middle school population qualified for free or reduced-price meals.

Source: Quad City Times