Welcome to GEAR UP Achievers!

Awareness &
Readiness for

Auburn | Kent | Renton | Tukwila
Class of 2024 and Class of 2025

Husky STEM Club members on a college visit & STEM lab tour at University of Washington, Seattle


The UW GEAR UP Achievers team wishes for each of our students, their families, and communities to be safe and healthy during these times. The University of Washington has compiled a list of resources that may be useful for folks experiencing hardship right now. If you are seeking assistance/support that cannot be met with those resources, please reach out to your GEAR UP site coordinators or to our GEAR UP Achievers team.

The GEAR UP Achievers office is open Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM in Kent, Washington.

Latest Updates

  • STEM Mini-Grants | Unspoken Truths: American History Museum Travels to Hazen High School
    On March 25, 2022, Hazen High School students engaged in the Traveling Unspoken Truths: American History Museum, featuring storyteller Delbert Richardson. The national award-winning museum educated students, educators, community members,…
  • 2021-2022 First Round of STEM Mini-Grants
    We are excited to announce that the University of Washington’s GEAR UP Achievers Program wrapped up yet another round of STEM Mini-Grants for South King County. These grants provide teachers,…
  • 2021-2022 STEM Mini-Grants Now Available
    GEAR UP is a federally funded grant through the Department of Education, that provides middle and high school students from low-income, first generation, or minority families the support they need…
  • Husky STEM Club Goes to UW Seattle!

    On a hot, muggy, and hazy Thursday, 10 Husky STEM Club members visited the University of Washington Seattle Campus and the University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Rooftop Laboratory. After 16…

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. We serve the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025 at these schools (except in Kent School District, Class of 2024 only):

  • Renton: Lindbergh High School, Hazen High School, and Renton High School
  • Tukwila: Foster High School
  • Kent: Kent-Meridian High School, Kentridge High School, and Kentwood High School
  • Auburn: Auburn High School

Interested to learn more about GEAR UP at your school/district? Find your school site coordinator’s contact information here!