Last month, Cal State Fullerton was awarded a seven-year, $7.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the university’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP.
The program helps Anaheim junior high school students create a pathway to college by providing them with peer tutors, college counseling, summer academies, college exposure field trips and more.
“Access programs like GEAR UP are so important,” said Berenecea Johnson Eanes, the university’s vice president for student affairs, in a news release. “For underrepresented students, these programs are like a window to the world. They can have such a great impact. We are very excited about the opportunities we can provide these students.”
First-year funding is $1.1 million.