State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today announced that the state has approved funding for a program administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to increase access to higher education for middle and high school students in Crooksville Exempted Village Schools. 

The "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs" (GEAR UP) grant provides low-income, minority, and economically disadvantaged students with the necessary support and resources to go to college despite the challenges they may face in their communities.

"I spoke with the members of Controlling Board and I’m pleased they recognized the importance and value of this program," said Hottinger. "This scholarship will help ensure students have the opportunity to pursue their education. Crooksville is a great selection for the pilot program and it is my hope that it is a great success."

Ohio’s GEAR UP statewide project is focused on embedding a college-going culture in targeted schools and communities to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.The project's goals reflect a commitment to eliminate major college access barriers for priority students to increase: academic performance; preparation for postsecondary education; rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education; and students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation and financing.

Crooksville Local is one of four Ohio schools to participate in GEAR UP consortia which provide direct services and scholarship funding support to priority students. Other schools to receive funding include Norwood City Schools, Parma City Schools and Marion City School.

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