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middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs and scholarships for students, professional development activities for educators, and college access information for students and parents.

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Based on the final grant award notification, which arrived August 16, 2007, FSU’s GEAR UP program will be funded for six years with a total of $5,963,825.GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

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Gaining Early Awareness Readiness for Undergraduate Programs - GEAR UP

The GEAR UP (GU) Program is a federally funded program college preparatory program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.GEAR UP is a national initiative that began in 1998 to encourage more American youth to have high expectations, stay in school, study hard and take the right courses to prepare for college.The program provides early college preparation and awareness services through tutoring, mentoring, academic advising/counseling, career/college exploration, academic workshops and other support services for students, educators and parents. Schools currently participating in GEAR UP are Luther "Nick" Jeralds Middle, Westover Middle, and Anne Chesnutt Middle, E.E. Smith High, Westover High and Seventy-First High schools. GU currently serves student in the 8th-12th grades.


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