Kentucky has received a six-year, $26.9 million federal grant to improve college readiness for students, the governor and state Council on Postsecondary Education announced Monday.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will be used for GEAR UP Kentucky, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
The program will work with about 30 schools and serve about 10,000 students beginning in the seventh grade, starting in January. The schools to be served will be announced later this month.
GEAR UP "helps students achieve at or above grade level standards, understand the college admissions process and graduate from high school prepared for college coursework," according to a news release. Students who have been served by the program are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education, the release states.
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Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education is one of 19 states to get a state award. This is the third GEAR UP award the state has received. Other awards were for $10 million and $21 million.
Berea College also got two GEAR UP partnership awards for more than $10 million a year for six years.