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GEAR UP Awards $100,000 to Scholars

The Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District this week honored 50 middle school students who received a total of $100,000 in scholarships from a state GEAR UP grant. The seventh and eighth graders from low-income families each won $2,000 that will earn interest until they enroll in college. Including the interest earned, about $2,500 in scholarship assistance will be awarded to each student based on encouraging grades, college potential and other academic factors. The GEAR UP grant pays for teacher training, parent outreach and scholarships to help under-represented populations gain admission to college.