SBC Foundation Awards $5 Million to GEAR UP Program

The SBC Foundation, the charitable arm of Dallas-based SBC Communications, has announced a $5 million grant to the National Council for Community Education Partnerships (NCCEP) to support the federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP.

The grant from SBC will supplement the program, which was enacted by Congress when it passed the Higher Education Amendment of 1998, in thirteen states. GEAR UP encourages students in grades 6-12 to stay in school and apply for college. The funds from the foundation will help train teachers to use technology in the classroom; fund technology-based after-school programs; measure student achievement and program impact; and establish new K-16 partnerships.

"When Congress enabled the creation of the GEAR UP program, it recognized that if we are to overcome the challenges faced by low-income, first-generation college-bound students, business involvement would be critical," said NCCEP president Hector Garza. "We applaud SBC for meeting this challenge and providing a step forward for an entire generation that will enter the workforce in the next decade."

"SBC Foundation Makes $5 Million Grant to Fund National 'Gear' Up Program" SBC Communications Press Release 02/26/2004.