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Fayetteville State University has...

been awarded a Federal GEAR UP Partnership Grant in the amount of $5,963,825.00 over a six-year period. The goal of GEAR UP is to provide early college preparation and awareness services through comprehensive mentoring, tutoring, counseling, outreach, and other supportive services for students, educators and parents. The support services will enhance students' academic skills, encourage educators to use more rigorous academic standards, and involve parents in the education of their children. The Program seeks to significantly increase the number of low-income students enrolling in and completing college.  

Why is GEAR UP Special?
  • The GEAR UP Partnership includes the following local entities:  Fayetteville State University, Cumberland County School System, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC), Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, FHI Development 360-AED, Capital Management Group and Great Oak Youth Development Center.
  • GEAR UP has partnered with the following local schools: Luther "Nick" Jeralds Middle, Westover Middle, Anne Chesnutt Middle, E. E. Smith High, Seventy-First High, and Westover Senior High to help prepare our youth for college.
  • GEAR UP provides services and activities that will enable students and families to learn about and plan for college earlier.
  • GEAR UP uses a systemic approach that involves students, families, K-12 schools, colleges, businesses and community-based groups. 











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