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KCP/GEAR UP

Michigan GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a statewide collaborative effort providing early intervention services in two key areas:

  • Early awareness to college exposure: This includes financial aid/admissions information, college choice and other important knowledge necessary for students to become prepared to pursue post-secondary options.
  • Readiness for undergraduate programs: This refers to skill building and academic preparedness, including reading literacy, critical thinking skills, study techniques, and test-taking ability.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a multi-million grant to Michigan, spread out over a seven-year program, distributed among the 15 public universities. The program begins in 7th grade and students are followed through their freshman year of college. The program assists students in their senior year of high school with financial aid by providing important information about F.A.F.S.A. applications and competitive scholarships, including limited funding for scholarships awarded to long-time program participants, in a competitive selection process.



People:

Stephanie Anthony

Director, College Access Initiatives

College Access Initiatives


Luna-Simmons, Samantha

Assistant Director, MI GEAR UP, KCP College Day Program, College Access Initiatives

Campbell, Debranae

Community Education Liaison, College Access Initiatives

MacFadden, Joanne

MI GEAR UP Program Coordinator, College Access Initiatives