Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) applauded nearly $2.2 million in U.S. Department of Education Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Grants being awarded to Mohawk Valley Community College and the Ticonderoga Central School District. The GEAR UP program is designed to increase attendance of low-income students in post-secondary education programs. GEAR UP funds are directed toward designated cohorts of students no older than seventh grade and provide support for these students through high school as they begin to pursue higher education.

"These grants are incredible news for many students and families in our district," said Congresswoman Stefanik. “As a Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ensuring our students are prepared for higher education is a top priority of mine. The costs of attending college have skyrocketed in recent years. It is more important than ever for students to enter college well-prepared so that they can graduate on-time and on-budget. These funds will go a long way toward helping students at Mohawk Valley Community College and in the Ticonderoga Central School District prepare themselves for successful college careers. I’ll keep working in Congress to ensure that our students have the skills they need to be successful as they pursue their higher education goals.”

GEAR UP grant award totals can be found below:

Mohawk Valley Community College: $536,000.00

Ticonderoga Central School District: $1,660,000.00

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program, click here.