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Greenville schools to receive college access and readiness support as part of GEAR UP federal grant awarded to MSU

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Immediate Release 10/4/19


GREENVILLE, Miss. —  The Greenville Public School District is one of three state districts that will receive support for middle and high school students aspiring to attend Mississippi institutions of higher learning through a U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to Mississippi State University.


The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant program, prepares low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

“Here in Greenville Public School District we will always put children first and do what is in their best interest,” said GPSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Debra Dace. “After reviewing the district’s strategic plan, and the alignment of our vision, mission, and goals, the GEAR UP grant definitely will be beneficial to the boys and girls here in our district. It’s a highly competitive grant program, and this grant allows us to provide additional support and resources including post-secondary planning through supplemental programming to our middle and high school students.”


In addition to Greenville, the grant will also support students in the McComb and Meridian school districts.

The GEAR UP program will begin serving the current 7th grade students in partner middle schools, to increase academic performance, increase high school graduation rates, increase enrollment in postsecondary education and increase their knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing. The 7th grade Cohort students will receive a $3,000 scholarship from GEAR UP upon high school graduation to attend college or university in the state of Mississippi.  The scholarship will also be available to Greenville High School seniors graduating between 2021 and 2025. 


In addition to students in the partner school districts, Mississippians throughout the state will benefit from GEAR UP initiatives. Project partners will develop a virtual reality tour app that includes all of Mississippi’s public university and community colleges, as well as eight key industries. Additionally, a chatbot will be developed that can provide 24/7 responses to common state and federal financial aid questions. The Woodward Hines Education Foundation will provide financial aid application support for students and families and manage statewide ACT test prep services. RCU will work with the Mississippi Department of Education to provide targeted teacher training and STEM outreach.


For more on the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant program, visit www.ed.gov/gearup/index.html.

For more information on the Greenville Public School District, visit https://www.gvillepublicschooldistrict.com.


Greenville Public School District services 4000-plus students in grades Pre-K (4) through 12th grade, and is one of the largest municipal school districts in Mississippi. INFO: (662) 334-7013. 

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