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Drive the Dream: GEAR UP Kentucky Announces $1,000 Scholarship Winners

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 04, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov
 


(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--Nearly 400 high school juniors across the state were awarded $1,000 college scholarships in the “Drive the Dream” scholarship program, sponsored by the Kentucky GEAR UP program. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded program that encourages middle and high school students to stay in school, study hard, and take the courses they need to be prepared for college.

Students will receive the scholarships when they enroll in college. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) provided the scholarships.

“We are thrilled to offer this scholarship program to students and hopefully help drive their dream of a college degree,” stated Yvonne Lovell, executive director of GEAR UP. “This scholarship program represents a shared commitment among all our partners and seven host sites to keep the door of opportunity open.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must attend a school in the GEAR UP Kentucky program. They must have participated in all the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments and reached the benchmark in at least two of the subject areas of the 2008 PLAN assessments. They also needed to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, and submit an essay and references.
The purpose of GEAR UP is to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP schools have enrollments where more than 50 percent of the students come from low-income backgrounds.
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