DESOTO—DeSoto ISD was only one of two Texas institutions and the ONLY K-12 Texas district to receive the prestigious GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – awarded 41 new grants valued at $82M per year. Grants are awarded in two types – partnerships and state grants.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and other local lawmakers were on hand to participate in the check presentation.
DeSoto ISD will receive $7.8M over the next seven years to serve a cohort of 6th and 7th graders through their first year of college. The program is aimed at at-risk, underserved, low-income, students of color to prepare for college and achieve success in postsecondary education.