Grant initiatives like Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) support school districts to successfully prepare their students for a postsecondary career. College and Career Readiness has become a focal point for school districts over the past years, making these type of grants a great resource for school districts.
Education Service Center-Region 19 in collaboration with San Elizario ISD were awarded this grant in the Fall of 2018. This grant follows a primary cohort of students over a span of a seven-year period starting when students are in seventh grade and all the way through the first year of their postsecondary education. GEAR UP also supports a priority cohort of students which consist of students who are attending the district high school (9-12 grade) for the span of the grant.