Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education
GEAR UP Kentucky selects 29 schools

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 23, 2012  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

GEAR UP Kentucky announced that 29 schools have been selected to participate in a new $26.9 million college-readiness grant award. The announcement was made earlier today at a launch rally at Holmes High School in Covington.

GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, anticipates serving 10,000 Kentucky students from low-income schools over the life of the six-year federal grant. The program serves entire cohorts of students and follows them throughout high school.

Hundreds of students from Holmes Middle School, Newport Middle School and Bellevue High School attended the rally and pledged to graduate high school ready for college-level work.

"I am so excited by this event and encouraged by the hopes and dreams that I perceive on the face of each student,” said Yvonne Lovell, executive director. “Today, I am reminded of the enormous potential for our next generation of leaders, doctors, teachers, lawyers and engineers.

“This summer I traveled to every school represented in this project today and in every case the educators I met with were committed to ensuring that their students successfully graduate from high school and excel in postsecondary education. Today, I've invited my partners and collaborators to unite with GEAR UP Kentucky and form a community of advocates whose only purpose is ‘every student prepared for college success’.”

GEAR UP Kentucky schools are listed below by county.

County School
Boyd George M. Verity Middle School
Campbell Bellevue High School
Campbell Newport Middle School
Christian Christian County Middle School
Clark Clark Middle School
Clark Conkwright Middle School
Fayette Leestown Middle School
Fleming Simons Middle School
Gallatin Gallatin County Middle School
Green Green County Middle School
Greenup McKell Middle School
Greenup Wurtland Middle School
Hart Bonnieville Elementary School
Hart Cub Run Elementary School
Hart LeGrande Elementary School
Hart Memorial Elementary School
Hart Munfordville Elementary School
Henry Eminence High School
Jefferson Western Middle School
Kenton Holmes Middle School
Marshall South Marshall Middle School
Metcalfe Metcalfe County Middle School
Monroe Monroe County Middle School
Owen Maurice Bowling Middle School
Robertson Deming School
Trigg Trigg County Middle School
Trimble Trimble County Middle School
Washington North Washington Elementary School
Washington        Washington County Middle School


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Last Updated 3/23/2012