West Virginia GEAR UP schools to launch “FAFSA Frenzy” campaign With just over two weeks left to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to be eligible for many in-state grants and scholarships, West Virginia GEAR UP high schools will launch a “FAFSA Frenzy” campaign. The campaign, which will officially launch in schools on Monday, April 2, … Read More
Boone County student shares West Virginia perspective with national audience GEAR UP alumnus talks about the road to college during inaugural Obama Foundation Summit CHICAGO – This Tuesday and Wednesday, James “Ikie” Brooks, West Virginia “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)” alum, participated in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, IL. The Summit, which took place on … Read More
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
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!
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
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
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
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