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2019 Fall Issue GUV

2019 Fall Issue GUV

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GEAR UP's 20th Anniversary!

Throwback pictures GUVUnbelievable! GEAR UP is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, GEAR UP has expanded to serve over 560,000 students across 3,525 secondary schools in 45 states. Find out more at NCCEP's About GEAR UP website. GEAR UP Virginia (GUV) is a part of this national movement!  GUV is currently in its third iteration of the GEAR UP Virginia state grant. Previous GEAR UP state grants in Virginia were administered from 2000-2006 and 2006-2012.

Can you spot the GEAR UP staff from these throwback pics?

Connecting with GEAR UP alumni


We want to connect GEAR UP alumni with each other and our current staff and students; hence, we are CALLING ALL GEAR UP ALUMNI! Please share this link with former GUV graduates so that we can be in touch. 

Think you can't afford college? Think again!

The cost to attend college can seem insurmountable for a large number of Virginia students. There are many ways  -- some free -- to help pay for college.

First, students should know that the advertised “sticker” price of a college’s tuition and fee charges are not necessarily what they will pay out of pocket. With the assistance of financial aid, many students pay far less.

Second, understanding how financial aid works is crucial. Financial aid comes from many different sources and includes grants and scholarships, work-study, loans and other tuition waiver and savings programs. The best part is that students may use a combination of these financial aid sources at the same time to make college more affordable.

Nearly all of these types of aid require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA should be at the top of the to-do list for anyone considering college. Students can submit a FAFSA annually beginning October 1. Virginia colleges also use information from the FAFSA to award most state and college-based aid.

Colleges have different deadlines to submit the FAFSA and may have additional requirements to receive aid. March 1 is the most common priority deadline, but students should confirm dates for each college of interest. Priority deadlines for Virginia’s public colleges and universities are located on SCHEV’s website.

In 2017-18, the Commonwealth of Virginia awarded more than $256 million to institutions to support student aid awards. Virginia’s six primary state aid programs help Virginia residents attend public and private nonprofit two- and four-year institutions.

Students looking for ways to pay for college can start by checking out the following programs:
      GEAR UP Virginia Scholarship
      Virginia Commonwealth Award
      Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program
      Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant
      Two-Year College Transfer Grant
      Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program
      Workforce Credential Grant
      Academic Common Market 

For more information on financial aid, visit the financial aid pages on SCHEV's website.

Finally, remember to look at the new GUV scholarship postcard sent out to all GUV schools!
Scholarship Card

What's New with GEAR UP Virginia?

GEAR UP Virginia has a new website with specific links for Coordinators, Parents and Students and Scholarship Information. Check it out here!

How many universities did GUV schools visit in 2017-2018? What percentage were promoted to the next grade? Download the new GUV Year in Review and find out the answers to these questions and more.

The GUV 2019 Scholarship Book in Spanish is now available!

GUV in News

Lynchburg City Schools preparing seniors for college
WLLS 10 August 21, 2019


Think you can't afford college? Think again!
 
The cost to attend college can seem insurmountable for a large number of Virginia students there are many ways  -- some free -- to help pay for college.

First, students should know that the advertised “sticker” price of a college’s tuition and fee charges are not necessarily what they will pay out of pocket. With the assistance of financial aid, many students pay far less.

Second, understanding how financial aid works is crucial. Financial aid comes from many different sources and includes grants and scholarships, work-study, loans and other tuition waiver and savings programs. The best part is that students may use a combination of these financial aid sources at the same time to make college more affordable.

Nearly all of these types of aid require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA should be at the top of the to-do list for anyone considering college. Students can submit a FAFSA annually beginning October 1. Virginia colleges also use information from the FAFSA to award most state and college-based aid.
Colleges have different deadlines to submit the FAFSA and may have additional requirements to receive aid. March 1 is the most common priority deadline, but students should confirm dates for each college of interest. Priority deadlines for Virginia’s public colleges and universities are located on SCHEV’s website.

In 2017-18, the Commonwealth of Virginia awarded more than $256 million to institutions to support student aid awards. Virginia’s six primary state aid programs help Virginia residents attend public and private nonprofit two- and four-year institutions.
 
Students looking for ways to pay for college can start by checking out the following programs:
For more information on financial aid, visit the financial aid pages on SCHEV's website.
Think you can't afford college? Think again!
 
The cost to attend college can seem insurmountable for a large number of Virginia students there are many ways  -- some free -- to help pay for college.

First, students should know that the advertised “sticker” price of a college’s tuition and fee charges are not necessarily what they will pay out of pocket. With the assistance of financial aid, many students pay far less.

Second, understanding how financial aid works is crucial. Financial aid comes from many different sources and includes grants and scholarships, work-study, loans and other tuition waiver and savings programs. The best part is that students may use a combination of these financial aid sources at the same time to make college more affordable.

Nearly all of these types of aid require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA should be at the top of the to-do list for anyone considering college. Students can submit a FAFSA annually beginning October 1. Virginia colleges also use information from the FAFSA to award most state and college-based aid.
Colleges have different deadlines to submit the FAFSA and may have additional requirements to receive aid. March 1 is the most common priority deadline, but students should confirm dates for each college of interest. Priority deadlines for Virginia’s public colleges and universities are located on SCHEV’s website.

In 2017-18, the Commonwealth of Virginia awarded more than $256 million to institutions to support student aid awards. Virginia’s six primary state aid programs help Virginia residents attend public and private nonprofit two- and four-year institutions.
 
Students looking for ways to pay for college can start by checking out the following programs:
For more information on financial aid, visit the financial aid pages on SCHEV's website.

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Regional Highlights

North Central Region
Washington and Lee Students

Washington & Lee High School counselors recently held a Senior Boot Camp designed for college- and work-bound students. Families chose from three seminar sessions during the event. The topics presented included: resume writing, SAT and ACT prep, financial aid, essay writing, scholarships and the college application process.


Southeastern Region
Petersburg High School StudentsNine GEAR UP students from Petersburg High School enrolled in the Middle College Program at Richard Bland College during their junior year. They are currently full time students at Richard Bland while continuing to work on their high school degree. This May 2020, these nine students will graduate from Richard Bland with an Associate degree; then, in June 2020, they will receive their high school diplomas from Petersburg High!

Western Region
Lynchburg Kick offLynchburg City Schools' GEAR UP programs at Heritage and E.C. Glass High Schools hosted their senior year kick-off event during the school day on August 21, 2019. They partnered with Lynchburg City Schools and Beacon of Hope to host the Class of 2020 at the Academy of the Arts building in downtown Lynchburg.  Students listened to inspirational speeches and participated in a scholarship information presentation and other sessions sharing what colleges are looking for in the application process

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Professional Development

VSCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE The Virginia School Counselor Association Conference will be from October 16-18, 2019 at the Embassy Suites and Hampton Road Convention Center. Registration is now open!

VirginiaCAN ANNUAL CONFERENCE The Virginia College Access Network's Conference will be held this year from December 4-6, 2019 in Richmond, VA. This conference is designed to bring together and strengthen the many college access organizations that serve the residents of Virginia. Register today! 

Any links to external websites provided in this newsletter are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by SCHEV of the content or views of the linked materials.

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Classroom and College-going Resources

2019 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference Materials Missed the NCCEP Conference this year? No need to worry! Presentation materials have been uploaded on to their site!

A Student's Guide To Your First Year of College From creating smart study habits to building a support system, it’s got all the college tips a freshman needs to calm those nerves. A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College is a free video crash course on Youtube for first-year students, offering tools to help you succeed in college.

ACT Test and Registration Dates October 26, 2019 (Registration: September 20, 2019), December 14, 2019 (November 8, 2019).

College Admissions: State of the Union This webinar on October 8, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST will have three college admission experts discuss national trends in college admissions and counseling.

SAT Test and Registration Dates November 2, 2019 (Registration: October 3, 2019), December 7, 2019 (Registration: November 8, 2019).

Any links to external websites provided in this newsletter are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by SCHEV of the content or views of the linked materials.

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Grants

Research Foundation Teacher Grant Program This grant supports projects related to the teaching and learning of language, literacy, and culture. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Rural Public Library Children’s Book Project Program Grants The Pilcrow Foundation provides matching grants to rural public libraries through the Children’s Book Project. The project aims to support the purchase of quality, hardcover children’s books suited to the community and intended to enhance active children’s departments in libraries across the United States. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

Advanced Placement Teacher Grants The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) offers Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Grants that support AP instruction in any subject area. Grants may be used for supplies, materials, field trips, and other resources that enhance AP courses. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

STEAM Educator Grants The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) offers STEAM Educator Grants that support science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) activities; innovation; and classroom excellence. Grants may be used for supplies, materials, field trips, and other resources that enhance STEAM teaching and learning. Deadline October 15, 2019.

International Baccalaureate Teacher Grants The National Society of High School Scholars supports the growth and development of students’ ethical action, service leadership, and altruism. The association offers grants to teachers in International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Grants are intended for supplies, materials or field trips. Deadline November 15, 2019.

The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation supports programs in arts, community, education, environment, health care and peace. Recent awards were made to programs supporting high school music, leadership and youth development. Deadline: December 3, 2019.

Any links to external websites provided in this newsletter are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by SCHEV of the content or views of the linked materials.

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Student Scholarships

Olin Teague Aerospace Scholarship: Scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing a career in aerospace fields. Deadline: October 11, 2019. Amount: $4,000.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards: Scholarship is open to high school seniors of Hispanic heritage including DACA students with GPA of 3.0 or higher. Deadline: October 15, 2019. Amount: Varies.

American Muscle Student Scholarship: Scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing an automotive-themed major. Deadline: October 15, 2019. Amount: $2,000.

Horatio Alger National Scholarship: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have participated in community service and who display integrity and perseverance; family income must be under $55,000. Deadline: October 25, 2019. Amount: $25,000.

Coca-Cola Scholarship: Scholarship is open to current high school seniors with a demonstrated capacity to lead and serve. Deadline: October 31, 2019. Amount: $25,000.

Cosmetology Scholarship: Scholarship is open to students planning to enroll in a cosmetology program during the next 12 months. Deadline: October 31, 2019. Amount: $2,500.

Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award: Open to high school seniors who are nominated by a secondary/high school in Virginia. The student must demonstrate academic accomplishment and embody leadership and good character. Deadline: November 18, 2019. Amount: $15,000.

Colonel James L. Graham, Jr. Memorial Aviation Scholarship:  This Virginia scholarship is for applicants who show a passion for flying and the ambition of obtaining a pilot’s certification, allowing them to pursue a career as a pilot. Deadline: December 13, 2019. Amount: $10, 000.

Any links to external websites provided in this newsletter are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by SCHEV of the content or views of the linked materials.

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GEAR UP VA Divisions and Partners

2014-2021 Divisions by School and Superintendent Region
Partners

Important Dates

September23-27, 2019: National GEAR UP Week

October 16-18, 2019: 
Virginia School Counselor Association Conference

November 1, 2019:  
1st Reimbursement and Match Due for Western Region

November 15, 2019
1st Reimbursement and Match Due for North Central and Southeast Regions

December 3-4, 2019: 
GUV State Partner Meeting

December 4-6, 2019:
 VirginiaCAN Conference in Richmond, VA
 

Staff Contact


Erin McGrath
GUV Senior Coordinator

Tierney Jackson
GUV Scholarship Administrator 

Stacey Garnett
GUV Fiscal and Administrative Specialist

Amy Wiggington
GUV Data Specialist 

Linda Staylor
Regional Manager- West

Melissa Benavidez
Regional Manager- North Central

Reshaud Rich
Regional Manager- Southeast

Paula Robinson
Assistant Director, College Access and PK-12 Outreach

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