Featured Alumni

Julie Lun

Lowell, MA

Julie Lun graduated last May from UMass Lowell! She is currently a Masters Fellow working at Middlesex Community College's Asian Center.

"GEAR UP helped me realize higher education was the key to success. I earned my B.S. in Criminal Justice and became the 1st of 17 grandchildren to graduate college with the help and guidance of GEAR UP."

Featured Alumni: Julie Lun


Featured Programs

Putnam GEAR UP students pose outside

Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy Springfield, MA

Working with 1,400 students in grades nine through twelve, Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy serves high school students in Springfield who are interested in an academic and vocational education. Its GEAR UP program serves 510 of these students, helping them pursue their dreams after high school.

Putnam's GEAR UP students have gone on to continue their education at two- and four-year colleges, private and public, and many have directly joined the work force.

Putnam GEAR UP was the first GEAR UP MA school to offer instant acceptances during their 2015 Massachusetts College Application Celebration (MCAC). Since then, Putnam has continued to expand this event and now not only offers instant acceptances but also offers on-the-spot scholarships from schools.