Prosser GEAR UP would like to congratulate Karter Coffman (8thgrade), Sariah Bosted (8th), Brittney Knappek (9th grade), and Elissa Saldana (9th grade) on being our National GEAR UP Week writing contest winners! We are very proud of these students and look forward to helping them achieve their dreams in the years to come. Great job and keep up the great work! These students received a goody bag as well as a dream catcher to fit the theme of their essays.
Another highlight during National GEAR UP week were presentations by Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen, Reagan Rebstock (14 year-old) And Miss Tri-Cities, 2nd runner, Logan McCoy who currently attends CBC, and Miss Prosser, Sierra Roberts at Housel Middle School and Prosser High School. The ladies spoke about the importance of working hard, career awareness, promotion of positive college preparation and reaching for their Dreams! The three ladies were awesome examples of Beauty, Talent, and Intelligence. Thank you!
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing states and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.
The WSU GEAR-UP program in Prosser, WA currently serves 8th (Housel Middle School) and 9th (Prosser High School) grade students as stated, following them through high school graduation and their first year in college. GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support activities like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.