GEAR UP Michigan Scholarship

Federal grants are made to qualifying entities to create early college awareness programs for students at the middle school level and above. The mission of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

The GEAR UP Michigan! Scholarship Program (GEAR UP) was funded in 2001 targeting three urban public school systems: Detroit, Flint, and Muskegon. Scholarship recipients were nominated by their school districts and awards were made in 2007.

GEAR UP recipients must have successfully completed the GEAR UP Scholarship six-year program; possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent using the Michigan Merit Based Curriculum; be eligible for a Pell grant; enroll at least half time at any participating Michigan degree-grating college; be less than 22 years old; be a resident of Michigan; and must use the scholarship within five (5) years of high school graduation.

Federal funds are appropriated from Title 34 of the Higher Education Act. This program is administered by the Student Scholarships and Grants Division.

Additional information and eligibility requirements are on the GEAR UP Michigan! Fact Sheet.