GEAR UP is a federally-funded program designed to improve the chances that young people are “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.”
Seminole State College was notified in the spring of 2012 of an award of $568,000 annually to fund a GEAR UP partnership grant with 15 qualifying rural school districts in the college’s immediate area. The grant focuses on providing services in support of the education of a group of students from Asher; Bowlegs; Butner; Davenport; Earlsboro; Holdenville; Konawa; Maud; Paden; Prague; Sasakwa; Seminole; Strother; Varnum; and Wetumka schools.
The project will follow that group of students through the remainder of their K-12 education providing services through a network of support that includes community partners, volunteers, counselors, teachers, school leaders and families. SSC GEAR UP also provides services to parents supporting their children’s education and assisting in the student’s college preparation.
In addition to the college’s commitment to the program and the commitment by the 15 schools, local volunteers, businesses and community organizations add to the grant’s effectiveness by providing in-kind products, services and time as a partner in the GEAR UP project. GEAR UP grantees are required to match part of the cost of operating the project from non-federal sources.
SSC GEAR UP’s offices are in the David L. Boren Library on the Seminole State campus. The Boren Library is most easily accessible from Marie Austin Drive when entering campus off Boren Boulevard (State Highway 3E).