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GEAR UP VA Scholarship


Members of the 2000-06 cohort began 7th grade at one of the participating GEAR UP schools in 2000-01.

    Initial Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

    • Been a member of the original 2000-01 cohort of the GEAR UP project
    • Provided documentation verifying participation in a GEAR UP/ACCESS Virginia college preparation program
    • Been enrolled in the 12th grade at a participating GEAR UP high school as of October 30, 2005
    • Maintained a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0
    • Graduated with a standard, modified, or advanced diploma
    • Taken the SAT or other college entrance exam if required by the participating postsecondary school
    • Been accepted and enrolled at least half-time in a degree-granting, diploma, or certification program at a participating postsecondary school by the fall of 2007
    • Been eligible for a federal Pell grant as determined by the information submitted on the FAFSA (Non-Pell students were eligible to receive the scholarship due to excess funding)
    • Been under twenty-two (22) years old at the time the scholarship was awarded
    • Submitted a GEAR UP scholarship application by March 1, 2006

    Students were required to submit the following with their original scholarship application:

    • Copy of official high school transcript mailed directly from school
    • Copy of resume
    • Copy of completed Student Aid Report from the U.S. Department of Education
    • A separate sheet indicating the GEAR UP activities in which the student participated, including the dates and descriptions of the activities
    • A letter of recommendation from a school official

    Scholarship Renewal Criteria

    To maintain continued scholarship eligibility, students must reapply annually and meet all of the following requirements:

    • Submit a completed renewal application package by the specified deadline
    • Continue to enroll at least half-time each term in an undergraduate degree-seeking program, diploma, or certification program at a participating postsecondary institution
    • Remain in good academic standing with institution and for purposes of financial aid as determined by the institution
    • Must not have exceeded the maximum length of eligibility (The scholarship is renewable for a total of 4 years after the initial award or until a student earns a first-time bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.)

    To be provisionally eligible for the scholarship, students must submit a completed renewal application and a sealed, official transcript to show proof of good academic standing and continuous enrollment history. Transfer students must also submit a copy of their acceptance letter from their new institution before the scholarship can be transferred.

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