GEAR UP Kentucky

Greetings from the GEAR UP Kentucky staff!


Every student prepared for postsecondary success.


The mission of GEAR UP Kentucky is to increase the number of students in low-income Kentucky communities who are ready to successfully transition to and through postsecondary education. We do this by providing services and support to prepare the whole student, and equipping their families, institutions, and communities to promote and sustain student success.

2022 Summer Academy

During Summer 2022, GEAR UP Kentucky hosted its inaugural Summer Academy sessions on the campuses of two partner postsecondary institutions, Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University.

During this free, residential Summer Academy, 40 rising 10th graders from GUK districts got the opportunity to experience college life - everything from living in dorms to eating in the cafeteria. They even got to take a college course - for which they earned 3 credit hours!

To get an idea of what the students experienced, visit this page!

2021-22 Results

Did you know that GEAR UP Kentucky provided the equivalent of more than 7 years' worth (a/k/a 62,021 hours) to its students and families in 2021-22? 

How about the fact that, during this same time period, GEAR UP Kentucky sent more than 110,000 curriculum- and advising-focused texts to GUK family members, high school seniors and college freshmen? 

You can find out even more information about all that GEAR UP Kentucky provided - and to whom - during the last school year in the recently released  A Year in the Life, which you may access here