Welcome to GEAR UP Achievers!

Awareness &
Readiness for

Auburn ~ Kent ~ Renton ~ Tukwila

Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

The UW GEAR UP Achievers team wishes for each of our students, their families, and communities to be safe and healthy during these pandemic 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.

While in quarantine, join us for Husky STEM Club and earn yourself an at-home STEM kit! Stay updated on GEAR UP Summer 2020 Programs, including camp cancellations or changes in dates. We can’t wait to see you all in-person when it is safe to do so!

Latest Updates

Applications & More Information: https://depts.washington.edu/gearupac/brighter-futures-summit/
  • Summer Partners 2021
    If you’re looking for more opportunities beyond our GEAR UP Achievers Summer Camps, check out the summer programming available from our partners: University of Washington Changemakers in Computing Summer Camp…
  • Family College Visits Resume even in Remote Learning times!

    GEAR UP Coordinators in Renton, Auburn, and Kent partnered with the University of Washington’s Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment (MOR) team to host virtual visits for students and families. Attendees had…
  • STEM Mini-Grants

    Round 1 of the 2020-2021 STEM Mini-Grants wrapped up at the end of October 2020. We focused on funding projects that will advance low-income or first-generation students in STEM related…
  • Husky STEM Club Events Launch!

    Although the academic year started in a distance-learning format, this did not halt the growth of the GEAR UP Achievers’ Husky STEM Club. This fall, GEAR UP Achievers launched monthly…

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

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