Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

"Creating a Vision"
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GEAR UP IV At-A-Glance


"Creating A Vision for the World of Possibilities"

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program is a federal discretionary grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.


8000 Students

20 School Districts              35 Middle School / Junior  High School Campuses  (Yr. 1 -2)     
31 High School / Early College HS Campuses (Yr. 3 - 6)

The GEAR UP IV “Creating A Vision” project is a partnership grant between Texas A&M International University and 19 school districts throughout the southern part of Texas covering approximately 14,792 square miles. The grant is third largest in the nation and is designed to provide low-income students with the skills, motivation, and preparation needed to successfully pursue a postsecondary education and be successful in the postsecondary education setting. The focus of the project is to provide direct services to students through four strands: academic, assessment, college readiness and parental involvement. Each campus site has a College Access Team (Site Coordinator and College Access Coach) that provides direct services to students.

School District Partners

  1. Alice ISD
  2. Ben Bolt - Palito Blanco ISD
  3. Benavides ISD
  4. Carrizo Springs ISD
  5. Cotulla ISD
  6. Crystal City ISD
  7. Dilley ISD
  8. Eagle Pass ISD
  9. Freer ISD
  10. Jim Hogg County ISD
  11. La Joya ISD
  12. La Pryor ISD
  13. Laredo ISD
  14. Orange Grove ISD
  15. Pearsall ISD
  16. Premont ISD
  17. San Diego ISD
  19. United ISD
  20. Webb CISD


Dr. Julio F. Madrigal Principal Investigator jfmadrigal@tamiu.edu
Dr. Rick Moreno Director rick.moreno@tamiu.edu
Ms. Ana M. Gonzalez Research Director ana.gonzalez@tamiu.edu
Ms. Martha S. Treviño Partner Liaison martha@tamiu.edu


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