GEAR UP student at the Massachusetts College Application Celebration

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally-funded program designed to give more low-income students the skills, encouragement, and preparation needed to pursue postsecondary education and to strengthen academic programs and student services at participating schools.

OSFA offers a scholarship for students who participated in a component of the GEAR UP Massachusetts Early Intervention initiative and are pursuing higher education. During the 2014-2015 school year, the scholarship awarded over $1.6 million in total scholarship dollars to more than 1,900 of its program graduates.