I AM THE FUTURE

GEAR UP Iowa works with schools engaging students and building a path to success by developing a college-going culture.

Begin your Journey

I WILL SUCCEED

GEAR UP Iowa works with schools engaging students and building a path to success by developing a college-going culture.

Begin your Journey

I AM GEAR UP

GEAR UP Iowa works with schools engaging students and building a path to success by developing a college-going culture.

Begin your Journey
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WELCOME TO GEAR UP IOWA

College is possible for all Iowa students. GEAR UP Iowa helps schools create a college-going culture and provides families and students the resources to help in their journey toward success. GEAR UP Iowa works with students in the Class of 2020 in schools in these 12 partner districts:
Cedar Rapids • Clinton • Columbus Junction • Davenport • Denison • Des Moines • Fort Dodge • Marshalltown • Ottumwa • Perry • Sioux City • Storm Lake

GEAR UP Iowa Scholarship

Students in GEAR UP Iowa automatically qualify for a college scholarship once they graduate high school. Find out more about this unique opportunity for Iowa students.

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Family Newsletters

Get the latest on GEAR UP Iowa events, as well as examples of GEAR UP Iowa events taking place at schools in partner districts and resources for students and families.

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Voices of Success

GEAR UP Iowa alums offer advice on success and tips for students and families preparing for college, as well as what GEAR UP Iowa means to them.

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How Does GEAR UP Iowa Help Me Succeed?

As GEAR UP Iowa students know, the road to college starts as early as 8th grade. Get a head start on what students will need to be ready for success with our GEAR UP Iowa Student Resource Checklist!

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Building a College-Going Culture

See how GEAR UP Iowa schools are building a college-going culture and starting the conversation about the possibilities after high school with college visits and other events around college readiness. Play Button