Congratulations to Colorado River Union High School District & the Arizona GEAR UP Coordinators at Mohave High School, Amber Parker, & River Valley High School, Diane Beardsley, on another incredible College & Career EXPO! GEAR UP River Valley High School
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I love GUSLA I don't want to leave here, I'm gonna miss everyone ❤😢

The GEAR UP Summer Leadership Academy (GUSLA) motivates students to succeed academically and to enha

The GEAR UP Summer Leadership Academy (GUSLA) motivates students to succeed academically and to enhance students’ communication, decision-making, and leadership skills. GUSLA strives to help students experience success on a college campus and create a vision for a positive future in which students imagine themselves as leaders in their high schools and as college students in the future -- all in a fun and supportive environment.


Arizona GEAR UP understands COVID-19 brings unprecedented change in everyone’s lives. As we work with federal, state and local partners to adjust services to keep everyone safe, we assure you our commitment to Arizona’s youth and their postsecondary goals remain steadfast.


Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday.


Warmest Wishes from Arizona GEAR UP!


A Video Message from Michelle Obama to Families & Students


Presenting at the GEAR UP West conference in Tacoma earlier this week -- AZ GEAR UP’s Whitney Gilmore & Andrea González-Sotelo and Yavapai College’s Meghan Paquette.

College Goal FAFSA | College Goal Arizona: 10/16/2019

College Goal FAFSA | College Goal Arizona:

Remember the 2020-21 FAFSA is open now! Apply now!

College Goal FAFSA | College Goal Arizona: The target audience is high school seniors, their families and returning adults. There are two components to the initiative:

Taking Steps Towards College Success | Be A Leader Foundation 10/03/2019

Taking Steps Towards College Success | Be A Leader Foundation

Do you know a student who needs to learn about organizations, programs and scholarships that will support them on their path to college? Do they need help completing the FAFSA? Could they use FREE money for college? If so, they need to attend the 11th Annual “Taking Steps Towards College Success” Resource Fair on Sunday, October 20th Register today:

Taking Steps Towards College Success | Be A Leader Foundation “Taking Steps Towards College Success” is a FREE event that helps more Arizona students and families become college bound, focused and prepared. The day’s activities start with a college-going resource fair at Phoenix Civic Space Park which includes over 50 organizations including non-profit o...


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Join us in taking a moment to remember those lives lost and affected on this day, 18 years ago.

Do you remember where you were when you heard this tragic news?


A BIG win for Arizona students, families and communities - NAU awarded new seven year GEAR UP grant! Together with our partners we can Achieve60! 08/19/2019

Thank you College Success Arizona for featuring Arizona GEAR UP alumna, Kendra Monroe, from Holbrook High School. We are so proud of her! Check out her story!

Achieve60AZ on Twitter 08/13/2019

Achieve60AZ on Twitter

We are proud to be one of the now-100 Achieve60AZ Alliance members, working to increase postsecondary attainment in Arizona!

Achieve60AZ on Twitter “As of this week, the Achieve60AZ Alliance consists of 100 Alliance members! We know it will take the collaboration of many to meet our 60 percent attainment goal and we are proud that so many organizations have signed on. Let’s keep achieving! ”

Toolkits | GEAR UP 07/30/2019

Toolkits | GEAR UP

Arizona GEAR UP State Office strives to help those working directly with students, by providing helpful toolkits on a range of topics. Check out our collection of toolkits, ranging from Absence Intervention, Academic Mentoring, College & Career Fair, to College Signing Day, College Application Campaign, College Visits and Parent Engagement.

Toolkits | GEAR UP Arizona GEAR UP State Office Staff strive to provide helpful tools and toolkits to GEAR UP coordinators working directly with students at GEAR UP schools. Other college access professionals…


Can you you believe that school is starting soon??? How are you preparing?


"America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination" - Harry S. Truman


It is with great joy and sadness that we have to say goodbye to one of Arizona GEAR UP's family members. Congratulations Barbara Soby on your retirement. We thank you for the 16 years of changing the lives of youth across this state. Your legacy will live on! 06/17/2019

Congratulations to Daniela Marquez, Arizona GEAR UP student from San Luis, Arizona, for successfully completing her first year of college at ASU. We cannot wait to hear about the incredible things you are going to accomplish in your future. Thank you College Success Arizona for spotlighting this amazing young woman!


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Please join us in honoring those who gave their lives serving our country.


We are excited to roll out our new Arizona GEAR UP Alumni Network. If you were in the Arizona GEAR UP Program in high school, click the link below to join the network. This is a great opportunity to connect with GEAR UP friends, share your stories and give back to the GEAR UP Community.

How to Help Your College Student Use the Summer Months Wisely 05/15/2019

How to Help Your College Student Use the Summer Months Wisely

Parents of college students, with school out for the summer, this post is for you!

How to Help Your College Student Use the Summer Months Wisely As a college parent, you may be looking forward to the summer months, and your student’s return home from college, with mixed emotions. You’ve missed your student while she was away, and you are a…


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Final exams are almost here. We here at Arizona GEAR UP wanted to let you know…

GEAR UP Class of 2018 Scholarship - Blackbaud Award Management 04/22/2019

GEAR UP Class of 2018 Scholarship - Blackbaud Award Management

AZ GEAR UP Class of 2018! We want to help pay for your 2nd year of College! If you will be attending a university in AZ in the 2019-20 school year and have financial need, then you are eligible! Click the link below, then click Sign In or Sign Up in the upper right hand corner to apply! Application due date is May 15. Email us if you have questions or need help - [email protected].

GEAR UP Class of 2018 Scholarship - Blackbaud Award Management The primary purpose of this scholarship is to assist AZ GEAR UP students who are part of the 2018 cohort to continue to the second year of their education at a four-year university in Arizona.


Showing up is half the battle. Finish Strong!


Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships 04/01/2019

Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships

It may be April Fools’ Day, but don’t be fooled… these scholarships are real! UP

Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships Check out this list of Fastweb’s all-time favorite take-notice, fun scholarships. These can be described as silly, funny, outlandish or bizarre - these scholarship opportunities may make you think or, perhaps, look twice. But, at the end of the day, a scholarship IS a scholarship!

4 Ways to Finish the Semester Strong 03/26/2019

4 Ways to Finish the Semester Strong

As we enter the last 6 weeks of school, check out these 4 ways to finish strong: 1) positive self-talk; 2) reduce anxiety; 3) get a study buddy; and 4) employ effective coping strategies. Read this blog for details.

4 Ways to Finish the Semester Strong Some practical ways for students to manage stress and get things done.


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Question of the Day: What is one step you are doing or could do to get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?

Exiles - Qualifiers 03/05/2019

Exiles - Qualifiers

We wanted to give a shout out to Efrain Villa, an AZ GEAR UP Alum from Coolidge, AZ, for his group’s incredible performance on World of Dance. He’s working hard to achieve his dream. Congrats on making it to Round Two!

Exiles - Qualifiers Watch World of Dance highlight 'Exiles - Qualifiers' on

Video: What Myths Do Teens Want to Dispel About Young People? 02/26/2019

Video: What Myths Do Teens Want to Dispel About Young People?

What myth do you want to dispel about young people?

Video: What Myths Do Teens Want to Dispel About Young People? Lazy? Entitled? No work ethic? These are just some of the stereotypes young people face today. Our Youth Advisors are here to tell you why these are myths.

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