Aug 09 2005

Graham Announces $2.4 Million for South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education will receive a $2,468,637 grant to support GEAR UP programs across the state. GEAR UP is a national grant program to support early college preparation and awareness activities for low-income students. South Carolina GEAR UP (SCGU) will implement programs in twenty-two schools across the state. SCGU will start working with students in the seventh grade to produce positive, long-term, and systemic effects on low-income student participation in postsecondary education. Programs will be implemented based on a needs assessment and include professional development, curriculum improvement, mentoring, tutoring, summer programs, program evaluation, and encouraging business and community partnerships. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####