GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) is a six-year grant program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education from 2011 to 2017. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The program serves 29 middle schools and their corresponding high schools . Students who attend a GEAR UP school and entered the seventh grade in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are GEAR UP Kentucky students. The program provides services for students beginning in seventh grade continuing until at least 2017.