Maine’s GEAR UP Program is helping to create a sustainable culture in schools that supports students who are economically disadvantaged in preparing for, accessing, and succeeding in postsecondary education.
Maine has received GEAR UP federal funds since 1999, and is currently in the midst of its second 6-year grant. GEAR UP supports 5,000 students at 49 schools across the state. These schools are in 18 school districts that report over 50% of their student body eligible for free/reduced lunch. Within these schools, eligible 7th grade students from economically disadvantaged families were enrolled and make up the GEAR UP cohort. The current grant ends in 2011 and Maine is once again eligible to apply for this federal grant. If you are interested in having your school district be involved in this program, please contact Beth Lambert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maine Department of Education’s State GEAR UP Program is administered by staff at Syntiro. Syntiro, in collaboration with Maine Parent Federation, provides support to GEAR
UP school administration, staff, and the districts' GEAR UP liaisons through a coordinated, individualized
technical assistance model.
GEAR UP Maine Schools
GEAR UP Maine schools are working to ensure that:
Schools are implementing the GEAR UP goals and objectives in district-guided plans. Shifting a large
portion of control to districts creates a more meaningful and targeted course, which includes: allocation
of budget, strategies to achieve end goals, ability to focus on areas of self-assessed need.
Funding & Scholarship
GEAR UP has partnered with the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) to provide scholarships to students who graduate high school, meet academic criteria,
financial eligibility, and enroll in an eligible Title IV institution in the United States.
GEAR UP partner organizations include Maine CITE, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Mitchell Institute, school administrative units, and the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), to name a few. To learn more about GU Maine Partners, and see the complete list, please visit About>Partners.
Summary of the Maine State GEAR UP Program (pdf)
|The Maine State GEAR UP program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037; James Davis, Project Officer,) from the U.S. Department of Education to the Maine Department of Education and is managed by Syntiro.|
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