The GEAR UP approach to helping students includes helping all those who help the students – a systemic approach to student success. GEAR UP assists the partner schools through acquisition of equipment to add technology in the classroom and supporting professional development and training for teachers and staff allowing them to better serve their students.

For the current fiscal year, the GEAR UP Project has set aside funds to financially assist partner-school teachers and administrators in obtain training and skills that will help them improve their student’s opportunity for academic success.  Funding assistance by the project must be preapproved through an application process before the scheduled training or conference.

The process for evaluation of the award of assistance includes an application to be signed and submitted by the partner school employee which also includes a signature as an endorsement of the training by a district administrator. To qualify for assistance:

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  • The applicant must be a public school teacher or administrator currently employed by one of the 15 school districts served by the Seminole State College OK, Go College! GEAR UP grant,
  • The teacher/administrator must currently teach or supervise instruction of students in the grant’s cohort group or be scheduled to teach students in the cohort for the 2017-18 academic year, and
  • The grant application must include an endorsement of the training by a district administrator prior to submission for consideration.

Matching financial support by the district or the individual may be a consideration in evaluation of awarding GEAR UP financial assistance up to $500 for each professional development activity. No applications will be approved for more than the conference/training registration and travel cost.  Early application is encouraged since funding will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To apply for assistance, print and complete the provided form.  The application should be returned to the GEAR UP offices by fax to (405) 382-9688 or scanned digital copy can be emailed to  For any questions about the application process or potential for GEAR UP assistance with a specific professional development activity, contact GEAR UP Project Director Julie Hix at (405) 382-9681.