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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
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This summer 130 Walla Walla High School GEAR UP students participated in College and Career readiness programs at college campuses across the Pacific Northwest. Students received on-campus, hands-on experiences in everything from building their own business plans to writing college essays and learning how to become leaders on their high school campus. Summer academic programming is a vital part of building a college-going culture and GEAR UP is happy to partner with our academic partners across the Northwest to ensure students get an 180-degree look at post-secondary education and career planning. Students that participated in summer programming also take part in many school year activities; including GEAR UP Student Ambassadors and GEAR UP Peer Mentors. All these summer experiences were paid for by GEAR UP funding through a Department of Education College and Career Readiness Grant.

Washington State University GEAR UP, which is located on campus at Walla Walla High School, involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills.

For more information or to find out how your student can participate in GEAR UP programs check out our WWHS website www.yourcollegeandcareer.org or call Becky Waggoner-Schwartz 509-526-8621.



State Financial Aid for DREAMers

A new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and also satisfy the residency criteria. Washington State joined California, New Mexico, and Texas in enacting its own version of the Dream Act which extends state grants to undocumented students.

Visit realhopewa.org for more information.
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