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GEAR UP Wyoming


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded, statewide grant in Wyoming that provides services to 2,000 7th-12th grade, income-eligible students annually.

The goal of GEAR UP is to increase the number of eligible students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. To accomplish our goal, we provide academic support, college preparation, and family services through GEAR UP offices located in each of the seven community colleges in Wyoming.

We also provide educator training and work to sponsor school improvement initiatives in collaboration with local Wyoming school districts and the Wyoming Department of Education. 

Interested in applying, or wondering if you're eligible? Check out our locations around the state and apply to the GEAR UP Wyoming program closest to you! Send questions to

GEAR UP Wyoming is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $3,430,000 annually with an additional $3,430,000 annually provided by in-kind and scholarship contributions. 



We've been getting lots of questions about GEAR UP Wyoming scholarships (and we're so thrilled!) We wanted to provide some quick information about the timeline for our scholarships:

  1. The applications for the GEAR UP Wyoming Federal Opportunity Award and GEAR UP Wyoming Institutional Scholarships are now closed. Learn more about scholarship requirements on our scholarships page. This page also links to information about GEAR UP scholarships at other Wyoming community colleges. 
  2. You will receive an email at the address you provided notifying you if you are awarded the scholarship(s). Notifications are sent out sometime after completing your application, so please keep an eye on your inbox.  
  3. The awards will not appear on your student account until after your school's "add/drop date" (the final day you can drop classes and not be charged for them). 
  4. Send any additional questions to Jacque Graef at, or to  

Contact us

GEAR UP Wyoming

SEO, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Knight Hall 330

Phone: (307) 766-6189