Vanguard Academy will be awarded $1,520,000 each year for the next seven years, totaling the grant amount to $10.6 Million! Vanguard Academy administration would like to congratulate all of the students, parents, and staff for this historic accomplishment. Dr. Garcia thanks “EGT” for their support in preparing this grant. “First and foremost, all the honor & glory to God! This is definitely a game changer for our learning community PK3-12thGrade!” Mrs. Nava our Assistant Superintendent would like to share, “The impact of this grant will positively affect all of our current and future students in the years to come!”
Vanguard Academy was only one of eight other educational institutions in the State to be selected for this grant and the one of only two charter schools in the nation. Other recipients include Education Service Centers, State Departments of Education, Universities, Colleges, and school districts from all over the United States.
Please read below to learn more about the GEAR UP grant.
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant is a federal competitive grant where educational institutions of all levels enter applications from all over the United States. The US Department of Education allocates funds and selects applicants based on their responses in four categories.
Program and Category Description (From federalregister.gov)
Purpose of Program: The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program that encourages eligible entities to provide support, and maintain a commitment to eligible low-income students, including students with disabilities, to assist the students in obtaining a secondary school diploma (or its recognized equivalent) and to prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education.
- Category 1: Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths To Obtaining Knowledge and Skills
- Category 2: Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science
- Category 3: Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment, or Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens
- Category 4: Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens.