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GEAR UP Grant Awarded 3 Years Running…

Posted January 18th, 2011 by staff

The Office of Precollege Programs at Oregon State University has received a GEAR UP grant for the third year in a row to provide an on-campus summer experience for middle and high school students across the state. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), part of the Oregon University System, partners with middle and high schools in rural and low-income communities to provide education, preparation and inspiration to qualified students.

“In past years, we have collaborated with the Sweet Home School District to offer week-long summer camps for their middle school GEAR UP students that combined fun science and engineering activities with college and career planning,” says Kyle Cole, Assistant Director of Precollege Programs. “We’ll continue with this model, but we are able to extend this free residential camp experience to more  9th grade students from GEAR UP schools across Oregon, thanks to the support of the GEAR UP grant.”

The 2011 camp will emphasize majors and career options in the Health Sciences, with students engaging in hands-on activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and shadowing physicians and specialists at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. In addition, undergraduate college mentors will work with students in developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills as crucial steps towards achieving a college degree.

The grant also provides funds for scholarships for GEAR UP students in middle and high school to attend additional camps and programs that are offered at Oregon State University, such as Saturday Academy’s Ocean Science Camp and SESEY (Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth). “The GEAR UP camp and our other summer programs create a pipeline towards higher education,” says Cole. “As part of OSU’s mission as a land-grant university, we strive to reach youth across the state, sharing educational opportunities available to them now and in the future.”

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