GEAR UP in the News

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.

Simpson University was awarded $4.8 million in federal grants to help boost higher education success among North State students, its second multi-million-dollar grant this year.

The university program, GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is in partnership with College OPTIONS Inc. and helps middle-school students get interested in college early on.

The seven-year grant will serve more than 800 students in 10 middle schools and nine high schools in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Modoc counties.

Fayetteville State University plans to use an $8.2 million grant to help more than 1,500 Cumberland County students prepare for college.

The university will get money from the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, over the next seven years, according to statement released Monday by FSU officials. The programs are intended to prepare middle and high school students for college through the academic preparation program.

Students from Douglas Byrd Middle School, Douglas Byrd High School, E.E. Smith High School, Lewis Chapel Middle School, Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School, Seventy First High School, Westover Middle School and Westover High School will participate.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Tennessee Higher Education Commission a $24.5 million grant to increase the number of low-income students in Tennessee who are accessing and succeeding in higher education.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant will provide Tennessee $3.5 million in resources annually over seven years.

Tennessee’s grant, operating under the name GEAR UP TN, will provide academic readiness and college access services to a cohort of 3,250 students in participating schools. Services are anticipated to begin in Spring 2018 for the Class of 2023 cohort. Students in the GEAR UP TN cohort will receive tutoring, career guidance, comprehensive college advising, and mentoring that will continue through their first year of postsecondary education.

The Rhode Island congressional delegation joined the Rhode Island post-secondary commissioner and The College Crusade to announce a new federal grant that could provide up to $24.5 million to help public school students succeed in school, prepare for college, and earn a college degree.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the GEAR UP grant will provide Rhode Island with $3.5 million per year for seven years. As a result of the grant funding, about 3,500 students per year from Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston will benefit from college-readiness and success services from sixth grade through the end of their first year of college.

10 local schools will be included in a $24.5 million grant to increase college readiness and success for 5,500 low-income students in 48 schools statewide.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has received the seven-year grant through the Washington State GEAR UP Program.

GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. WSAC will administer the grant in partnership with 26 low-income school districts, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, colleges and universities, and Washington State Employees Credit Union.

The University of California announced that it has received a seven-year grant to continue administering a federally funded academic preparation program that improves educational outcomes for low-income students in under-resourced California middle schools.

The seven-year, $24.5 million grant for GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, represents the fourth such U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to California since GEAR UP’s inception in 1999, and will ensure that the program is funded through 2024.

GEAR UP students in Potter Junior High in California, part of the Palomar College GEAR UP program, celebrated National GEAR UP Week by sharing their college plans.

In Minnesota, Fridley Public Schools GEAR UP students celebrated National GEAR UP Week with college booths, games, and activities.

The Santa Ana Partnership in California created the Padres Promotores de la Educación to involve parents in their child’s education in a more effective way. Through this program, parents have more autonomy and creativity in how they are involved in schools, are provided with space, and create grassroots efforts to involve more parents. By involving parents more effectively, GEAR UP students are better served and supported in attaining their educational goals.

Umatilla High School in Oregon hosted a week of GEAR UP events, including hearing from school staff about career paths and a pep rally.

At Killeen Independent School District, GEAR UP students and parents had the opportunity to attend the regional college night to learn about college and career programs. The event drew more than 1,000 participants!

Fifty-two GEAR UP students from across New England recently attended the 34th New England Student Leadership Conference in Vermont. They were selected to represent their respective programs, participated in a number of leadership development activities, and heard from The Vermont Educational Opportunity Association President Adam Hurwitz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Over 250 seniors from 21 schools served by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP for Success grant attended an ACT and Character Building Workshop to prepare for the ACT test.

The Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP has been busy working with seniors in high school. Thirty-four McAlester GEAR UP students recently visited University of Oklahoma in Norman, where they learned about programs, study abroad, living options, cost of attendance, and scholarship opportunities.