GEAR UP College Day 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 College Day Scholarship Program (GUCD) was funded in 2004 targeting programs linked to the 15 public universities in Michigan. Those institutions are responsible for nominating eligible scholarship recipients based on program involvement.

GUCD recipients must have successfully completed the GUCD 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 a participating Michigan public degree-granting college; be less than 22 years old; be a resident of Michigan; and must use the scholarship within six (6) 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 College Day Fact Sheet.