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Nevada GEAR UP Day celebration commemorates eight years of helping kids succeed in education



WHAT: Gaining Early Awareness and Education for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) celebrates eight years of helping improve the educational outcomes for low-income students and first generation college students throughout Nevada. To commemorate nearly a decade of helping Nevada’s students succeed academically and in life, a recognition celebration with GEAR UP scholars and supporters is scheduled.


  • Heath Morrison, Superintendent, Washoe County School District
  • Debbie Smith, Assemblywoman, District 30, Nevada Legislature
  • William Sparkman, Dean, University of Nevada, Reno College of Education
  • Students currently enrolled in the University’s Dean’s Future Scholars Program, Hug High School and Wooster High School.
  • Representatives of AT&T
  • Representatives of Wells Fargo

WHEN: 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

WHERE: Wooster High School Rally Court

1331 E. Plumb Lane, Reno, Nev.


GEAR UP is a national program with a strong association in Nevada. In the Silver State, the program has served more than 8,000 students over the past eight years, 50 percent of whom attended college at a Nevada System of Higher Education college or university. There are currently 5,100 GEAR UP students in the 10th grade in selected high schools across Nevada. Students in GEAR UP receive a variety of college preparatory experiences including educational enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, field trips to colleges/universities, financial aid training, college entrance assessments, summer college camp and summer school. When they graduate from high school they will be eligible to apply for the GEAR UP scholarship/grant that may be used at Nevada institutions of higher education.

Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.




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