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Gear Up Virginia

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About the toolkit 

Partnership Toolkit

GEAR UP Virginia works toward the goal of significantly increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in education after high school.


To accomplish this goal, GEAR UP Virginia focuses on:

  • Increasing academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.
  • Increasing the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education.
  • Increasing GEAR UP Virginia students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.


GEAR UP Virginia is applying for a seven-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education from 2021 to 2028. The program will serve 14 school divisions, if funded and support a cohort of over 5,000 students starting in 7th grade through their first year of postsecondary education. GEAR UP Virginia students and their families will receive a variety of services aimed at preparing them academically, financially, and inspirationally to enroll and succeed in college. In addition, GEAR UP Virginia students can receive a scholarship to be used for postsecondary education.


GEAR UP Virginia aims to help schools develop sustainable programming partnerships and a college-going culture that can be maintained for future students. As a GEAR UP Virginia partner, you are supporting:


  • Access to GEAR UP Virginia student scholarships
  • Funding for professional development
  • Tutoring, mentoring and college advising for students
  • College campus visits
  • Financial aid workshops
  • Opportunities for student summer camps


Partnership Resources

Provides a definition of match and explains different types of allowable match.
Outlines required documentation to show evidence of matching contributions.

Partner Match Worksheet

Completing this form declares a formal partnership with GEAR UP Virginia if grant is funded and outlines the estimated amount of match to be contributed.

Partner ID Instructions

Provides instructions for completing the Partner Match Worksheet.

Example Partner ID Form

An example of an allowable Partner Match Form.

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