Herald-Dispatch: Marshall hosts GEAR UP U as WV juniors get college experience

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Originally published in the Herald-Dispatch on June 27, 2018. HUNTINGTON – College-level courses might prepare high school students for the academic rigors of university life, but adapting to physically maneuvering and living on campus is a different skill often left undeveloped. But for four days this week, more than 220 of West Virginia’s rising high school juniors will be treated … Read More

News Release: Rising high school juniors to “GEAR UP” for college during annual college prep academy

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – This Wednesday, more than 220 rising high school juniors are expected to arrive in Huntington, WV, to participate in a summer academy that gives students a taste of college life. The West Virginia “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” (GEAR UP) program will host its annual GEAR UP U event on the campus of Marshall University from … Read More

West Virginia GEAR UP schools to launch “FAFSA Frenzy” campaign

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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

News Release: Boone County student shares West Virginia perspective with national audience

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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

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

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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