GEAR UP Grant Information
Iredell-Statesville Schools is the recipient of a GEAR UP grant, funded by the US Department of Education.
Grant Name: PERSISTENCE:
Providing Evidence-based Rigorous Studies, Instructional Strategies and Targeted Engagement to Navigate College Enrollment
Length: October, 2018 - September, 2026
Amount Funded: $6.2 million distributed over 7 years
Focus: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative is one of the largest and most effective programs focused on increasing the college and career readiness of low-income students in communities nationwide. GEAR UP is a highly competitive grant program that helps empower local partnerships comprised of K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and community organizations to achieve three strategic goals: (1) increasing the postsecondary expectations and readiness of students; (2) improving high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates; and (3) raising the knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financing among students and families.
Director of GEAR UP and Community Support Programs
Dr. Stacy Williams