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GEAR UP for College Program Receives $2.2 Million in Grants

Sept. 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded two grants of $1,315,735 and $877,600 to Cal State Fullerton in support of its GEAR-UP Program.

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 postsecondary education. Under the direction of Adriana Badillo, the program works with underrepresented students beginning in junior high school through high school, creating a culture of college attendance and increased student achievement. The Cal State Fullerton program serves approximately 3,600 students in six schools in the Anaheim Unified School District: Anaheim, Katella, Loara, Magnolia, Savanna and Western. Students receive tutoring, summer enrichment programs, tours to colleges and universities, and information about requirements for college admissions, financial aid options and scholarship opportunities. The campus GEAR UP program also collaborates with schools to provide parent engagement initiatives and teacher professional development.

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