CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2016-17 GEAR UP Students and Parents of the Year
2016-17 GEAR UP Student of the Year Awards
To recognize outstanding students and identify potential student leaders and youth advocates for the GEAR UP program, GEAR UP Kentucky invites participating high school schools to identify one student to be recognized as their GEAR UP Student of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.
All students nominated for GEAR UP Student of the Year (one per school) will be invited, along with their parent(s), to attend the 2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth on June 8 – 9, 2017 in Bowling Green, KY. The Institute will include a special Student of the Year Awards Breakfast on Thursday, June 8 and awardees will also be recognized on the GUK website.
To qualify for the GEAR UP Kentucky Student of the Year award, a student must:
- Be enrolled in a GUK school in a cohort currently served by the GUK program (Grades 10-12 in 2016-17 school year);
- Have a record of consistent and engaged participation in GEAR UP activities and services in their school or community;
- Be in good academic standing including a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
- Maintain good behavior in school with no significant behavioral or attendance issues; and
- Have a signed GUK student release form on file at the school.
To nominate your 2016-17 GEAR UP Student of the Year, please submit the following items to Omari Gletten by Wednesday, March 15, 2017 .
- A written statement by the GEAR UP College & Career Advisor that identifies the student’s name, school and grade; and outlines why the student was chosen for this award. The written statement should be no more than two pages and should address how the nominee has a) demonstrated leadership among their peers and/or in their school; b) participated in GUK activities and promoted the mission and activities of GEAR UP in their school; and/or c) overcome barriers to achieve their personal or academic goals.
- Documentation of good academic standing including current GPA and most recent behavioral and attendance records.
2016-17 GEAR UP Ky Family Leadership Awards
To recognize parents, guardians, and mentors that have demonstrated leadership through their actions at school and/or within the community and a commitment to increasing students’ aspirations, expectations, and mobility, GEAR UP Kentucky invites participating middle and high schools to identify a parent, guardian or mentor to be recognized for the 2016-17 GEAR UP KY Family Leadership Award.
All leadership awardees will be invited to attend the 2017 Institute for a College-Going Commonwealth on June 8 – 9, 2017 in Bowling Green, KY. Awardees will be recognized at the event and on the GUK website. Awardees will also be invited to continue their leadership development through no-cost participation in a one-day parent workshop to be offered by the Prichard Committee on Academic Excellence in locations throughout Kentucky in August and September.
To qualify for the GEAR UP Kentucky Family Leadership Award, the parent, guardian, or mentor of a current or former GUK 3.0 school must:
- Exemplify leadership and dedication to the school community and through their work with other families, students, the school, or community impact opportunities for student success and family engagement in education.
- Have had an impact on the culture of their school by engaging in one or more of the National Standards for Family-School Partnership.
- Be nominated by the school principal or designee.
Nominations submitted by the Principal or his/her designee must include:
- A completed cover page providing nominee’s name, address and phone number.
- A written statement that outlines the nominee’s accomplishments and qualities that make him/her an excellent candidate for this award.
While the written statement does not have a designated length it should fully capture the nominee’s demonstrated leadership and provide examples of their impact.
The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. To submit nominations or ask questions regarding this award, contact Wendy Nealy.