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Gear Up Virginia

2019 Summer Issue

2019 Summer Issue


Treyshawn Holcomb graduated from Petersburg High in 2016 as part of our GEAR UP priority population student cohort. GEAR UP continued to provide services through his time at Richard Bland College. Treyshawn has benefited from access to an iPad mini, extensive use of Homework Help powered by, the GUV scholarship, as well as other scholarship search assistance. “GEAR UP has tremendously helped me throughout my first year of college. They offered me a scholarship and which helped me with my grades and gave me useful tips on how to be a successful college student,” Treyshawn said.  He graduated this May with an associate Treyshawn Holcom Petersburg High School Graduationdegree from Richard Bland College.  He will be transferring this fall to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he plans on studying mass communications. Treyshawn said, “I am proud and honored to be a recipient of GEAR UP,” and GEAR UP Virginia is proud of him and all his hard work.

In the fall of 2015, GEAR UP Virginia (GUV) began offering critical college preparation services annually to a priority population cohort of high school seniors who experienced homelessness and/or were unaccompanied.   Seniors in Lynchburg, Newport News, Petersburg, and Roanoke have received texting services through iPad minis, online tutoring via, networking opportunities, and a one-time scholarship. GEAR UP Virginia’s Regional Managers work to support these students from their senior year of high school through their first year of college. 

Let's GO GUV!

123 GO Logo 1----2-----3----Go! We are all familiar with this countdown. This year we are applying it to the senior year of the GEAR UP Virginia Class of 2020 as we countdown to not only graduation, but also to postsecondary enrollment. 1-2-3 Go! Virginia’s Three Steps to College initiative provides a series of support events and information to help students and families 1) Prepare, 2) Apply, and 3) Pay to Go! to college (any postsecondary pursuit). This year each of our GEAR UP high schools will host these events and provide information to support our cohort and priority population Class of 2020. Remember, the event is just one way to help share the information. Support and resources should be offered before and after each step to ensure that students and families are ready to take Zeonna Haskinsthe next one toward postsecondary enrollment.

Visit SCHEV’s 1-2-3 Go! website page with links to information pages for each of the steps. Please also check out the “For Students” menu of topics and resources.  Look for newly developed information toolkits from SCHEV, which will bundle basic information and materials for each step toward enrollment. Use these toolkits to begin to help students and families through the process to Go! to college and to support school events.  

1-2-3 Go! Virginia’s Three Steps to College is co-sponsored by SCHEV and ECMC.

Find out more in the 123 Go Overview PowerPoint

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North Central Region
Student Leadership Conference
Harrisonburg High School held a Student Leadership Conference at James Madison University. On March 7, 2019, 123 high school students participated in a conference-style day of presentations on college information, leadership skills, and workforce development. Families also attended a small group discussion with college admissions professionals to help prepare them for their student’s senior year. 

Southeastern Region
Drexel "DJ" Pierce, Jr.Drexel "DJ" Pierce, Jr., a school counselor at Sussex Central High, was selected to become a trainer for Counselors for Computing (C4C) along with two Maryland counselors.  C4C is a program that helps professional school counselors join the front line of the computing conversation. C4C champions school counselors as strategic partners for increasing participation in computing in the K-12 ecosystem with a special emphasis on historically underrepresented groups like women and minorities.

Western Region
Shanice Barksdale and Daeshawn BullockThis summer, two Randolph-Henry High School GEAR UP students, Shanice Barksdale and Daeshawn Bullock, will participate in a summer engineering program called Pathways for Future Engineers through Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.  This program is designed to support first-generation college students and their families on the pathway from high school to an engineering degree.  Throughout the year, they will also receive college application support, campus visits, and opportunities to build community with current and future Hokies.


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2019 NCCEP/GEAR UP ANNUAL CONFERENCE The NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference is being held this year from July 15-18 in San Francisco, CA.  This is the premier professional development event for state and partnership GEAR UP grantees. Registration is now open!

Student Centered Coaching This two-day (September 18-19, 2019) workshop in Fredericksburg will prepare educators to systematically use student-centered coaching to meet student-learning goals in their school. While principals and coaches are encouraged to attend together, it is not necessary. The registration fee includes lunch on both days as well as a copy of the book Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves.

Stratford Hall Summer Teacher Institute Participants attending the Institute, "Realism, Reaction, and Possibility: Reconstruction in Virginia 1865-1885," will leave with tools and content knowledge for the teaching of Reconstruction. Tuition, housing and most meals are provided.


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Apprenticeship Finder Apprenticeship Finder is a search engine for apprenticeships based on location and keywords.

ACT Test and Registration Dates September 14, 2019 (Registration: August 16, 2019); October 26, 2019 (Registration: September 20, 2019), December 14, 2019 (Registration: November 8, 2019).

College Greenlight College Greenlight is a free scholarship and college search and organizing resource for students.

FastForward FastForward is a high-demand program helping Virginians get the jobs they want and the salaries they need. FastForward programs are short-term training courses offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges to help students fast-track their career.

SAT Test and Registration Dates August 24, 2019 (Registration: July 26, 2019); October 5, 2019 (Registration: September 6, 2019), November 2, 2019 (Registration: October 3, 2019), December 7, 2019 (Registration: November 8, 2019). 


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American Honda Foundation Grant This grant is focused in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training, and literacy. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant ProgramThis program provides grants to high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and states on behalf of one or more high-need LEAs to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health providers for employment in schools and LEAs.  The goal of this program is to expand the pipeline of high-quality, trained providers to address the shortage of mental health professionals.  Deadline: August 5, 2019.

Kazanjian Economic GrantThe Calvin K. Kazanjian Economic Foundation is a small, non-profit organization that support organizations with limited resources. The Foundation will look most favorably at programs that match grants of support with funds from other organizations, learned institutions, universities, colleges, and government sources. Deadline: September 15, 2019.

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

Karma For Cara (K4C) Micro-grantThe K4C Microgrant Program is the bridge between ideas and action. By providing microgrants in varying amounts up to $1,000, K4C helps young citizen leaders execute and magnify their initiatives to help repair the world around them. Examples of eligible community service projects include: turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, and helping senior citizens ready their homes for the winter. Deadline: October 1, 2019.

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Bachus and Schanker: An essay scholarship about the importance of the 7th Amendment; open to 2019 high school graduates and current college students with 3.0+ GPA. Deadline: July 30, 2019. Amount: $2,000.

VTAG: Grant for Virginia residents attending a private university within the state of Virginia. Deadline: July 30, 2019.  Amount: $3,000.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship: Essay scholarship open to 9th-12th graders and college students. Deadline: July 31, 2019. Amount: $1,000.

Beauty School Scholarship: Scholarship open to students age 18+ who plan to enroll in a cosmetology school during the next 12 months. Deadline: July 31, 2019. Amount: $2,500.

CIA Undergraduate Scholars Program: Scholarship for college plus summer employment throughout college with salary and benefits; open to high school seniors, college freshmen, and college sophomores with financial need, GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 21+ ACT/1000+ SAT. Deadline: July 31, 2019. Amount: $18,000.

The Gates Scholarship: The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Deadline: September 18, 2019.  

Horatio Alger State Scholarship: State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. Deadline: September 25, 2019. Amount: $10,000.

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GEAR UP VA Divisions and Partners

Important Dates

May 2: Reimbursement and Match Due for Western Region

May 16:
Reimbursement and Match Due for North Central and Southeastern Region

June 1: Final Budget Modification due for 2018-2019

July 13: Reimbursement and Match Due for ALL regions

July 15-18: NCCEP Annual Conference in San Francisco, California
August 15: 2018-2019 Final Implementation Plans Due

St aff Contact

Erin McGrath
GUV Senior Coordinator

Tierney Jackson
GUV Scholarship Administrator 

Felix Sam
Gear Up Scholarship Asst.

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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Through these values, we create a welcoming work environment that represents the best of who we are as an agency and as individuals.

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