Leadership Awards

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Our community is comprised of innumerable “GEAR UP Heroes” who are the change they wish to see in the world. We know that the success of your GEAR UP program relies on the collaborative efforts of your GEAR UP team, partners, and stakeholders, but that there are also those in your network that routinely exceed expectations. With the annual NCCEP/GEAR UP Leadership Awards we wish to recognize those individuals  for their contributions to GEAR UP as a whole. Please take a moment to nominate a professional, partner, family leader, and/or student who deserves this national accolade from the GEAR UP community. 

The Nomination Period for 2019 is Closed. Winners will be presented with their awards at the 2019 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference.


 
 
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Professional of the year

The GEAR UP Professional of the Year is someone who is committed to the GEAR UP movement and the goal of ensuring that college access and success is available to all students. Through their work with GEAR UP, this person exudes the passion and perseverance to assist low-income students in their quest to attain a postsecondary education. We encourage you to think of the heroes within your grant who work hard every day for students, including but not limited to: directors, evaluators, coordinators, grant managers, family engagement facilitators, communications specialists, or college advisors.

 
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Community Partner of the Year

The GEAR UP Community Partner of the Year may be an individual or organization committed to the GEAR UP movement and the goal of ensuring that college access and success is available to all students. Through their work with a GEAR UP grant, this person exudes the passion, professionalism, and perseverance to effectively assist low-income students in their quest to access and succeed in college. We encourage you to think of the heroes who work with your GEAR UP grant to ensure student success.

 
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Family Leader of the Year

The GEAR UP Family Leader of the Year is someone who is committed to the GEAR UP movement and the goal of ensuring that college access and success is available to all students. Through their work with other families, school faculty, staff, and partners of the GEAR UP grant, this person exudes the passion and perseverance to effectively assist low-income students in their quest to access and succeed in college. We encourage you to think of the heroes in your community who are active in ensuring student success.

 
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GEAR UP Student of the Year

The GEAR UP Student of the Year is someone who is committed to the GEAR UP movement and the goal of ensuring that college access and success is available to all students. Through their participation with this GEAR UP grant, this student exudes the passion and perseverance to effectively succeed in their quest to access and thrive in college. We encourage you to think of students in your GEAR UP program who embody GEAR UP’s mission to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.