Congratulations to GEAR UP student, Brenda Quintana who received the Sterling Scholars Award for Social Science! Brenda is a Maple Mountain High School student in the Nebo School District. You can read more about the award and Brenda's accomplishments at Deseret News - March 12, 2014 - "Deseret News/KSL 2014 Sterling Scholar award winners"
KSL - October 19, 2011 - "Education program helping disadvantaged students GEAR UP for future" By Geoffrey Fattah (PDF version)
Deseret News - October 19, 2011 - "Education program gets big financial boost to help Utah's disadvantaged students" By Geoffrey Fattah (PDF version)
GEAR UP invites you to take a moment to support the program by contacting the White House and the House of Representatives to protect programs like GEAR UP against the fiscal cliff. This will protect future funding we plan on receiving through grants. Support can be given by:
1. Calling the White House at (202) 456-1111 or writing them online.
2. Contacting the House of Representatives- Find your Representative.
3. Delivering this message:
“My name is [Jane/John Doe] and I'm the [Director/Counselor/Parent/Student/Partner, etc. of a GEAR UP program] at [School/University/Hometown/etc.]. As Congress and the White House work to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis, you must protect discretionary education programs like GEAR UP.”
Thank you for supporting our program and the impact we make on students’ lives!
GEAR UP is in the spotlight today in Washington DC and we want you to be a part of it!
Here's what's going on:
President and First Lady host the "Skills & Education Summit" - Nathan Monell, President & CEO of NCCEP, staff from Texas Region One ESC GEAR UP and Dr. Adam Green from West Virgina GEAR UP will be in attendance at this high level summit to share GEAR UP's innovative practices that are getting more low-income, minority and first-generation students ready for and to succeed in college and beyond.
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) holds hearing on GEAR UP and TRIO - Scott Giles, President & CEO of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC), wearing his NCCEP Board of Directors member hat, and Weiya Liang, from Washington State GEAR UP, will be offering their testimony to help the committee prepare for the reauthorization of HEA.
White House's Domestic Policy Council hosts pre-State of the Union address discussion - Nathan and Daniel Bremer-Wirtig will be attending to hear about the White House's higher education accomplishments to date and it's priorities going forward, but most importantly, we'll also be there to share stories of people that are impacted by the programs we care about (hint: it's GEAR UP, obviously).
Here's how you can be part of it:
Share your GEAR UP Success story - Tweet the President (@WhiteHouse) and your Senators about how GEAR UP has impacted your life and your community.