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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 2.5 million per year for a period of seven years.



September 21-25, 2020

National GEAR UP Week celebrates the work of GEAR UP in providing students and families the support and resources they need to be prepared for college success. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of underrepresented students across the United States. Last academic year, over 35,000 students were served in Washington State. Central Washington University GEAR UP served over 4,000 high school students and celebrated the Class of 2020. GEAR UP Week is recognized annually by a Proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee.

Thank you to our staff, participants, and school district partners for helping make our students’ dreams of college success a reality. For GEAR UP Week 2020, students will participate in special events, including a virtual Poetry Slam on Thursday, September 24th at 6 p.m. livestreamed on our Facebook page @centralgearup. Join us!



GEAR UP In Action