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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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