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GEAR UP -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Mission: The mission of the federal GEAR UP program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.

NMU's GEAR UP grant is also supported by the King Chavez Parks Initiative College Day Program. Together, these grants help to support the students at North Star Academy.

2016 GEAR UP Spring Break Trip - Chicago

GEAR UP will be going to CHICAGO for Spring Break, March 28th till April 1st.  This trip is all expenses paid for (students must bring their own spending money for souvenirs). We will be touring five schools: Milwaukee School of Engineering, North Park University, Kendall College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. There will also be fun and educational workshops mixed in the program relating to First Generation students as well as STEM projects. The students will have the opportunity to visit the many beautiful parks in the city including the famous Millennium Park and Cloud Gate. Students will also be able to tour the Sears/Willis Tower and check out the SkyDeckTM. We will also be checking out the Chicago Cultural Center. Our group is staying in near the Chicago River in the heart of the city. Apply today!  **Applications due March 4** Click here for an application.

 2012 GEAR UP College Day Scholarship Recipients

GEAR UP would like to congratulate the following students for receiving the 2012 GEAR UP College Day Scholarship.

Student Name School Attending
Rachel Rautio Central Michigan University
Parichatr Asavesna Northern Michigan University
Kayla Dishon Ferris State University
Alexzandra Sales Northern Michigan University
Lacy Whitcomb Northern Michigan University
Joseph Duckworth Northern Michigan University




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GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students. See GU/CD Scholarship above.

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