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The University of Washington GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Project is part of a national effort to help students prepare for and succeed in higher education.

GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support services like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation and counseling, and financial education to improve access to higher education for all students.  Royal GEAR UP currently is serving the class of 2023 and the class of 2024 under two separate grants: RISE UP 3 and SKY 2.

What can GEAR UP do for your Child?

  • GEAR UP will help your student improve his/her school success by providing opportunities for tutoring, after-school and summer programs, college visits, educational excursions and much more.
  • GEAR UP will help your children learn about college opportunities with trips to college campuses, meetings with college students, lessons, and programs about college choices.
  • GEAR UP will help parents learn about college opportunities for their children and help them help their children on the road to college.

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GEAR UP Staff Contact Information:

Marlen Romero

GEAR UP Site Coordinator
[email protected]

Sandra Sanchez- Garcia

GEAR UP Building Coordinator
[email protected]