News Release: West Virginia ‘GEAR UP’ partners with Fairmont State University to award $1,000 scholarships to West Virginia high school students

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fairmont State University announced Wednesday that it would award 10 West Virginia students each with a $1,000 scholarship. The university made the announcement during the annual Student Leadership Academy event at the Clay Center. The event, which was hosted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s (HEPC’s) federally funded “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate … Read More

Recap: GEAR UP U 2017

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GEAR UP U was a 4-day/3-night summer academy held at Concord University from June 14-17. Participants lived on campus, took fun classes, developed their leadership skills, and met students from across the state. More than 150 rising tenth graders participated in GEAR UP U 2017. Check out the photo album!

Recap: First West Virginia GEAR UP Career Academy

Rachel HicksProgram updates

More than 80 career representatives showcased career opportunities available in West Virginia during the inaugural West Virginia GEAR UP Career Academy. The event gave more than 1,000 ninth graders the opportunity to learn about different careers, from construction and aviation management to wildlife biology and corrections. Two nationally recognized speakers known for their contributions to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math … Read More

Mentor Spotlight: Brianne Solomon

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Brianne Solomon poses with the fresh flowers her Student Success Society members gave her in honor of National #ThankYourMentor Day. “Instead of my students worrying about if they can succeed, I want them to worry about when they will succeed.” That was the response Brianne Solomon, a Student Success Society sponsor at Hannan High School, gave when she was asked … Read More

News Release: West Virginia GEAR UP launches Student Success Society in area high schools

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Originally published on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s website on January 19, 2017. CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Brenda Smith, a counselor at Westside High School in Wyoming County, has been working with students for more than 30 years. Her experience has taught her that when students feel like they are part of something bigger, they are far more likely … Read More

Article: The Impact of Mentoring

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For young people, having a trusted, caring adult in their corner can mean everything. While this sentence used to be a common-sense assumption, it is now supported by strong research-based evidence. According to the National Mentoring Partnership, at-risk youth1 who have a mentor in their lives experience numerous benefits, like being more likely than their peers to hold leadership roles … Read More

Independent Herald: Pineville Middle to host event focusing on finances

Jessica KennedyProgram updates

Originally published in the Independent Herald on December 4, 2015. Pineville Middle School is hosting a free workshop on Thursday, December 10, to help eighth grade students and their families learn about budgeting, finances and paying for college. The event is sponsored by West Virginia GEAR UP, a federally funded program to help students pursue some form of education and ... Read More

Register-Herald: Local schools recognized for increasing number of students considering college

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Share this PostThis article was posted in the Register-Herald on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 By Sarah Plummer REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER The College Foundation of West Virginia is recognizing 32 high schools in West Virginia that have met or exceeded the state’s 2015 goal for increasing the number of 12th-graders who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Several local ... Read More

Video: 2015 Student Leadership Academy

Jessica KennedyProgram updates

More than 1,300 eighth graders attended the West Virginia ‘GEAR UP’ Student Leadership Academy held yesterday at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. ‘GEAR UP,’ which stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a federally funded college readiness program coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. During the event, students learned about ... Read More