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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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!

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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