GEARUP Program

GEAR UP Utah 2018-2024 GRANT

Program Description

GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a seven-year federal grant program that provides services and assistance for low-income students in order to help them successfully graduate from high school and prepare for college.

Grant Objectives

  1. Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  2. Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  3. Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparations, and financing.
  4. Increase GEAR UP students’ success in their first year of attendance at an institution of higher education.

Grant Partners

Utah State University-Eastern

451 East 400 North WIB 207
Price, UT 84501
USU-E Website


  • Carbon High
  • Helper Jr
  • Lighthouse High
  • Mont Harmon Jr
  • Canyon View Jr
  • Emery High School
  • Green River Jr
  • Green River High
  • San Rafael Jr
  • Pinnacle Canyon Academy

San Juan Foundation

580 South 650 West
Blanding, Utah 84511
San Juan Website


  • Albert Lyman
  • Monticello High
  • Monument Valley
  • Navajo Mountain High
  • San Juan High
  • Whitehorse High
  • Wayne Middle
  • Wayne High

Weber State University

2750 N University Park Blvd.
Layton, Utah 84041
Weber State Website


  • North Layton Jr.
  • Northridge High
  • Sunset Jr.
  • Syracuse Jr.
  • Syracuse High
  • Bonneville High
  • South Ogden Jr.
  • TH Bell Jr.
  • Weber State University 

Utah State - Main

Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84332
435-752-3925 ext 2023


  • Green Canyon High
  • Mountain Crest High
  • Ridgeline High
  • Sky View High

Grant Abstract

GEAR UP UTAH will implement the proposed activities using the Priority Student Model in a wide area implementation covering a service region of over 21,000 square miles. A total of 16 school districts and 53 schools in 11 counties throughout the state will participate. The majority of these schools and districts participated in the highly successful 2011-2018 Utah’s Statewide GEAR UP Education Program grant led by Utah Valley University. The number of students and the scope of direct student services have been expanded in this state grant proposal, along with an ongoing comprehensive, outcomes-oriented evaluation governing all project processes and interventions.

Grant Highlights

  • 30,130 secondary students projected to be served statewide
  • 3, 847 first year of college students projected to be served statewide
  • $24.5 million for 2017-2024

Grant Services

  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Academic counseling
  • College readiness preparation
  • Financial aid assistance
  • First year in college support
  • Parent and family support
  • Financial literacy education
  • Increased program evaluation and data gathering