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October 2007 Press Release





Grants are part of the State’s College Preparation Intervention Program



Annapolis, MD (October 17, 2007) – As part of Maryland’s college preparation intervention program, the Maryland Higher Education Commission is accepting proposals for grants for the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a program aimed at preparing 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.

“These grant projects will provide critical support to GEAR UP students as they begin to make critical choices and decisions that will help determine their future college and job opportunities,” said Paula Fitzwater, director of the Office of Grants for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Approximately $750,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. A technical assistance meeting will be held November 30, 2007, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. A networking lunch will be provided, and GEAR UP site directors have been invited. The meeting and lunch will take place at Howard Community College’s Gateway Business and Technology Training Center at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia MD; directions are available at http://www.howardcc.edu/about_hcc/getting_around/campus_locations/. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Takeia Bradley at tbradley@mhec.state.md.us by November 27, 2007.

Proposals are due February 13, 2008. Notification of grant awards will be made on or about March 1, 2008. The RFP is available online at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/Grants/CollegePreparationInterventionProgram/CPIP.asp. For more information about the grant, call 410-260-3207.

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