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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has partnered with the Department of Public Instruction to provide educational opportunities for students in the GEAR UP program. GEAR UP is designed to assist underrepresented students in grades 6-12 at target schools obtain a high school diploma and prepare for and achieve a postsecondary education.

Who Can Participate in GEAR UP?

Students in these target school districts who have been enrolled into the Wisconsin GEAR UP Program through their local DPI WEOP Office may participate in the GEAR UP services offered through UW-Green Bay.

Ashland Bayfield Green Bay Milwaukee
Racine Shawano Sheboygan Wausau

Free Services | DPI WEOP 

GEAR UP Education Specialists with DPI WEOP provide engaging services for student and families enrolled in GEAR UP, including:

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College Readiness Workshops

College readiness workshops at your school. Personalized mentoring throughout the senior year and first year of college. 

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One-on-One Advising Sessions

Advising including college and career exploration, and preparation of college, scholarship and FAFSA applications. Close monitoring of grades, attendance, and homework completion and early intervention via tutoring or referrals. 

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College Visits

College visits and cultural events. 

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Students who meet designated criteria may be eligible for up to $3,501 in scholarship funding per year for up to 2 years of college.

Free Services | University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 

As the GEAR UP university resources partner, UW-Green Bay makes available a variety of opportunities for students to complement DPI WEOP services, including: 

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Digital Badges

Signal your accomplishments with a digital badge that can be shared on your website, your resume, your social media and your email signature.

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College Credits

A variety of college credit opportunities for high school students - take a course or two or consider the GEAR UP Rising Phoenix degree opportunity.

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Summer Programs

Summer overnight camp opportunities, held on the beautiful UW-Green Bay campus. Experience life on campus during these fun and creative camps for students in all grades 6-12.

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STEM Empower Hours

Engaging, hands-on virtual sessions that encourage students to explore a variety of trending topic areas. 

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STEM Events

STEM-focused events for students, including opportunities to learn more about majors and careers in the STEM field.

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How can I get started with GEAR UP?

If you are in one of the listed school districts and are interested in participating in GEAR UP, connect with your local DPI WEOP Office ( or talk to your school counselor to get started. You will need to fill out an application form and meet the eligibility requirements to enroll in the program.

Your UW-Green Bay Contacts

 If you have questions about UW-Green Bay's GEAR UP Services, please contact:
Sam Post HeadshotAubrey Schramm
Executive Manager, GEAR UP Services
Call/Text: 920-412-6649