COVID-19: See our Phoenix Forward page

group of students outside reading

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 low-income 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 Advisors at DPI/WEOP will provide engaging services for student and families enrolled in GEAR UP, including:

Icon College Readiness
College Readiness Workshops

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

Icon for One on One Advising
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. 

Icon for STEM
STEM After-School Program

STEM-focused after-school program for middle school students.

Icon College Visits
College Visits

College visits and cultural events. 

Icon for Scholarships

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: 

Icon Digital Badges
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.

Learn More
Icon for College Credits
College Credits

College credits for high school students — a dual enrollment program where students can earn college credit for a class taken in high school. 

Learn More
Icon for Summer Programs
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.

Learn More

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
Phone: 920-465-2653