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The Educational Partnership Center at UC Santa Cruz has been awarded $10.5 million over seven years to help middle and high school students in south Monterey County prepare for college.

The EPC’s “Paving a Path for a College-Going Generation” project plans to serve 1,930 at-risk, underrepresented students in the predominantly agricultural towns of Gonzales, Greenfield, Soledad, and King City. The U.S. Department of Education received 122 partnership applications and awarded 24 partnership grants nationwide.

The GEAR UP funding continues the Educational Partnership Center’s focus on improving high school graduation and college-enrollment and attainment rates for low-income, first-generation college students across the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley/San Jose regions, said EPC Executive Director Maria Rocha-Ruiz.

In Alabama, news anchor Jeff Sanders visited GEAR UP students during GEAR UP Week. Tenth graders at Pike County High School, Sanders' alma mater, celebrated GEAR UP Week with a series of events, including hearing from Sanders about his story. He was the first in his family to go to college and he pursued broadcast journalism, leading him to a career in which he is able to experience something new every day and share stories worth telling.

About 1,400 GEAR UP students in West Virginia recently heard from Molly Kennedy, a motivational speaker, at an event in Charleston. At the same event, ten $1,000 scholarships were awarded to West Virginia GEAR UP students, in partnership with Fairmont State University. Higher Education Chancellor, Dr. Paul Hill, shared that counties that participate in GEAR UP have seen an increase in college-going rates that is now on par with the state average.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 U.S. Department of Education has awarded The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $21.2 million over the next seven years, to operate the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

As part of the grant, UTRGV, Valley school districts and community partners will match the U.S. Department of Education’s funding, providing more than $42 million to benefit students in the Rio Grande Valley.