GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and is a partnership of the Washington Student Achievement Council, the University of Washington, College Success Foundation, Washington State Employees Credit Union, and a number of national, state, and local organizations.
Washington's GEAR UP program encourages low-income middle and high school students to stay in school, study hard, have high expectations, and go to college. The program is funded primarily by the federal government and by state appropriation. It maintains its own GEAR UP website.
GEAR UP programs serve more than 35,000 students in 86 Washington school districts. The GEAR UP program focuses on preparing students for college success by providing intensive tutoring, mentoring, and college/career planning information throughout their middle and high school years.