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Fifteen Fayette County high school students awarded ‘Drive the Dream’ scholarships

Fifteen juniors from Fayette County Public Schools are among 535 statewide who have received $1,000 college scholarships in the 2012 “Drive the Dream” program, sponsored by Kentucky GEAR UP. The awards ceremony will be March 16 at Western Kentucky University.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded program that encourages middle and high school students to stay in school, study hard and take the courses they need to prepare for college.

In partnership with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, GEAR UP will provide scholarships when these students enroll in any accredited college or university in Kentucky.

Fayette County recipients are:

  • Bryan Station High School – Justin Aulds, Naphina Hagans, Briana Livingston, Steven Olson, Deionta Perkins, Qyshawn Sanders, Kiera Sweat, Minh Tran and Tenise Washington.
  • Tates Creek High School – Jaylen Beatty, Nathan Black, Victoria Coomer, Kayla Denton, Macy Frederick and Sunee Tyson.

For more information, call Carla Smith at (859) 381-4241.

Grant renewal ensures GEAR UP programs continue in Walla Walla

Grant renewal ensures GEAR UP programs continue in Walla Walla


Washington State University “Harvest of Hope” III GEAR UP grant was awarded in July 2011 from the United States Department of Education. GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs with the goal of significantly increasing the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Options for postsecondary education are inclusive of two and four year higher education institutions and career preparatory training.

The GEAR UP grant will serve current 6th and 7th grade cohort students from Walla Walla and College Place through year 2017. GEAR UP will provide information regarding financial aid for postsecondary education; encourage student enrollment in rigorous or challenging curricula and coursework, in order to reduce the need for remedial coursework at the postsecondary level; and improve the number of students who obtain a secondary school diploma, complete postsecondary applications, and enroll in a postsecondary educational program.

Caney Valley selected as GEAR UP district

By Abigail Singrey

Caney Valley Public School District students will be receiving extra help and resources to prepare for college through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — commonly referred to as GEAR UP.

The district will receive $45,000 annually for the next seven years.

“We think it will increase the students’ and families’ knowledge of the postsecondary educational options and financial options,” Superintendent Rick Peters said. “We are honored to be involved.”

The district will have access to a variety of resources, including professional development and curriculum development for teachers, free ACT assessments to every 11th grade student and access to summer academies in science, math, technology and engineering on college campuses.

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Oklahoma City schools get grant to prepare middle schools students for college

The roughly $26 million GEAR UP grant will start an intensive push for college readiness with sixth- and seventh-graders in 10 Oklahoma City public schools. The grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

by MEGAN ROLLAND, Staff Writer

The Oklahoma City School Board on Monday approved the district’s plan to team up with the University of Oklahoma — using millions in federal grant dollars — to get middle school students ready for college.

The GEAR UP grant, which will total about $26 million over the next seven years, will start an intensive push for college with sixth- and seventh-graders in 10 Oklahoma City Public Schools. The money will follow the students providing resources for them, their teachers and their communities aimed at getting them into some form of higher education after graduation.

“The GEAR UP staff are not going to be housed in a separate location they are going to be in the schools working with the schools, the community, administration and teachers,” Sheli McAdoo, who will help oversee the grant for the district, told board members. “We hope to move our cohort group of students into institutions of higher learning with reduced remediation rates.”

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