Welcome to GEAR UP Achievers!

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal grant, funded by the Department of Education, that provides middle and high school students from low-income families the support they need to access and succeed in college.  In fall of 2018, the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity received a 7-year GEAR UP partnership grant to work with nine schools in four districts in South King County: Auburn, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila. 

  • Renton: Dimmit Middle School, McKnight Middle School, Nelsen Middle School,
  • Tukwila: Showalter Middle School
  • Kent: Meeker Middle School, Mill Creek Middle School, Meridian Middle School
  • Auburn: Cascade Middle School, Olympic Middle School

Interested to learn more about GEAR UP at your school? Find your GEAR UP Coordinator contact information here!

Diversity at the University of Washington

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote, access, opportunity and justice for all. Read more about diversity at the University of Washington >

We would like to remind students and families that GEAR UP Achievers provides a safe space for all students, including those seeking status. All students at (the 9 middle schools) are eligible to participate in GEAR UP regardless of citizenship status. 

Student and Family Support for Undocumented Students

We are committed to serving the needs of underrepresented minority students to enhance equity and student success. WA state students are eligible for state financial aid using the WASFA and the College Bound Scholarship, regardless of citizenship status. We also encourage undocumented students and undocumented and/or mixed status families to contact GEAR UP Achievers Director Roslyn Kagy (roslyn@uw.edu, 206-221-5306) if you would like to speak with someone to express your concerns regarding the current sociopolitical climate or to be in solidarity with folks that have your best interest at heart.

National & Statewide Dates

DiscoverU is October 14-18!