What is GEAR UP?
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a discretionary grant that helps underrepresented students prepare for and succeed in college. During the 2018-19 academic year, CWU GEAR UP served 4,270 high school scholars. GEAR UP at Central Washington University is 100% federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $18 million over seven years. We work with the same cohort of students from sixth and seventh grades through their high school graduation.