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GEAR UP Scholarship

The GEAR UP Virginia (GUV) Scholarship is available to eligible GUV participants from the 2014-21 cohort. The scholarship will help students pay for their college expenses. Review the information below to learn more about the scholarship. 

GUV scholarship webinar recording: Click here
     - Webinar PowerPoint slides only: Click here

Eligibility Requirements

To receive a GUV scholarship, the student must:

  • Be a GUV participant (must have a signed release form on file at SCHEV)
  • Have earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
  • Be enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate degree program or high-quality certification program at an eligible institution of higher education (in Virginia or out-of-state). Institutions/programs must participate/qualify for Federal Student Aid.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for Federal Student Aid
  • Be less than 22 years old at he time of award and disbursement

Scholarship Amounts and Payment Options

Option 1: For students who enroll by Fall 2021
  • Receive up to $5,000 for one academic year (up to $2,500 per semester or $1,667 per quarter based on full-year, full-time enrollment).
  • You may choose to use this scholarship for one academic year (2020-21 or 2021-22). Payments cannot be split between academic years.
  • Amount depends on enrollment level; award amount will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time.
Option 2: For students who enroll after Fall 2021 (or do not choose Option 1)
  • Receive a one-time award of up to $2,000 (but no less than $600) for one term of your choice. 
  • Amount depends on enrollment level; award amount will be reduced for students enrolled less than full-time.
Click here for chart with scholarship payment amounts broken down by enrollment level

Application Process

STUDENT (Application Step 1) - You must complete the GUV Exit Form available at before graduating high school.

SCHEV - This May, SCHEV will begin mailing GUV Enrollment and Payment Request forms to all students' home addresses who have complete a GUV Exit Form.

STUDENT (Application Step 2) - You must (1) complete the GUV Enrollment and Payment Request Form and mail to SCHEV along with (2) a copy of your college acceptance letter or class schedule and (3) a copy of your financial aid award letter. The GUV Scholarship mailing address will be included on the form. Mail all materials together.  

SCHEV - SCHEV will review GUV Enrollment and Payment Request Form and supporting documents to determine if the student meets eligibility requirements. If the student meets requirements, they will receive a tentative award letter within 2 to 3 weeks via postal mail. Final eligibility will be verified at a later date by the college financial aid office. 

STUDENT - You should report the scholarship to your college financial aid office. The college may choose to post the scholarship in a pending status. Also, make sure you enroll in classes. 

At this point, the student will have done all they need to do to claim the scholarship. The rest of the process is between SCHEV and the college.

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