The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Eastern Oklahoma State College a $17-million federal GEAR UP grant that will help more than 3,000 area students prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education. The grant is the largest in Eastern’s history and the college’s third consecutive, multi-year GEAR UP partnership grant award.
GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The federally-funded grant program is one of the largest and most effective programs focused on increasing the college and career readiness of low-income and underserved students in communities nationwide. To participate, at least 50 percent of a school’s student population must be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith said Eastern will receive $17,091,200 over the next seven years to assist students in 39 partner schools in southeast Oklahoma.
Source: McAlester News-Capital