February 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: February 18, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
Grants to Prepare GEAR-UP Students for College Success
Grants are Part of the State's College Preparation
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 18, 2009) – The
Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting
applications for grants under a program aimed at preparing
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs (GEAR UP) students for success in college.
The grants, under the State’s College Preparation
Intervention Program (CPIP), will be awarded to institutions
of higher education to support eligible “Maryland GEAR UP –
Focus on Math” sites. Maryland GEAR UP is a federally funded
early intervention program administered by the Maryland
State Department of Education.
“The GEAR UP students will enter the 11th grade in the fall.
This is a significant phase in their high school career and
grant projects will provide support to students to ensure
they are on track to meet graduation requirements,” said
Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. “The
projects will also give students a glimpse of college life
at a time when they are beginning to seriously look at
colleges. This is a program Governor O’Malley and I strongly
Approximately $750,000 will be awarded on a competitive
basis to eligible applicants.
Applications are due to MHEC by 4 p.m. on April 29, 2009.
Notification of grant awards will be made between May 18 and
May 22, 2009. The RFA and application forms are available
online at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/CollegePreparationInterventionProgram/CPIP.asp.
For more information about the grant, call 410-260-3207.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 326,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry