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GEAR UP Achievers

Gearing up for success in high school, college and beyond

GEAR UP provides middle and high school students from low-income families the support they need to access and succeed in college.

GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal grant, funded by the Department of Education. In fall of 2018, the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity received a 7-year GEAR UP partnership grant to work with nine schools in South King County. We serve the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025 at these schools (except in Kent School District, Class of 2024 only):

  • Renton: Lindbergh High School, Hazen High School, and Renton High School
  • Tukwila: Foster High School
  • Kent: Kent-Meridian High School, Kentridge High School, and Kentwood High School
  • Auburn: Auburn High School

Interested to learn more about GEAR UP at your school/district? Find your school site coordinator.


GEAR UP Beyond Bridge Program

This academy offers a comprehensive blend of academic preparation, personal development, and community building. The program is specially designed to provide incoming freshman GEAR UP Achievers & RISE UP students with a smooth transition into your college journey. It will be held two weeks before the start of fall semester.

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GEAR UP Senior Workbook

Navigating the college application and financial aid process can be challenging. This guide is here to provide you with support at every step of the way. Intended to accompany you throughout your senior year of high school, it offers essential information, helpful tips, and interactive worksheets and charts to help you stay organized and ensure you are well-informed about the steps for a successful transition to your chosen postsecondary path.



Snapshots from GEAR UP Achievers