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DC GEAR UP Receives Innovation in Education Grant

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Grant Award Totals $50,000

The State Education Office’s program DC Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (DC GEAR UP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP). 

DC GEAR UP received the 2006 Promoting Excellence and Innovation in Education grant from NCCEP.  This competitive grant was made possible by NCCEP and the AT&T Foundation.  The purpose of the grant program is to support education partnerships and achievement in K-16 education.  According to the Request for Proposals, grant applicants must “Prepare students for college attendance and the workplace by supporting after-school and summer academic enrichment programs in math, science, reading, and technological literacy.”

DC GEAR UP’s application requested funds for the DC GEAR UP Georgetown Summer Academic Enrichment Program.  This year the program will focus its science curriculum on the study of genetics and will incorporate a trip to Latin America where the students will participate in lectures and scientific observations at universities in Panama and Costa Rica.  

The District of Columbia’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, in collaboration with University Partners and Key Stakeholders, uses a comprehensive approach providing resources and services to empower and prepare underserved students and their families to make informed decisions and pursue post-secondary endeavors.