University of Kansas researchers have secured a grant for more than $18 million that will allow them to provide seven years of support to more than 3,000 middle school students with disadvantaged backgrounds in Kansas City, Kansas. The grant's goal is to ensure they acquire the skills needed to graduate from high school and pursue higher education.
The Department of Education awarded $2.6 million a year for seven years to the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs within KU’s Achievement & Assessment Institute to implement a program called Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. GEAR UP will employ hands-on tactics to support 3,328 Kansas City Kansas Public Schools students, currently in sixth and seventh grades, and follow them through their first year of college. The program provides academic support, mentoring and guidance to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students and underserved populations reach a higher education institution that meets their needs.