032299d: Office of Postsecondary Education; Notice Inviting Applications
for New Awards for Fiscal Year 1999--Gaining Early Awareness and
Readiness for Undergraduate Programs--GEAR UP;CDFA NO. 84.334 [OPE] (11K)
[Federal Register: March 2, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 40)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[CFDA NO. 84.334]
Office of Postsecondary Education; Notice Inviting Applications
for New Awards for Fiscal Year 1999--Gaining Early Awareness and
Readiness for Undergraduate Programs--GEAR UP
Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to give more
low-income students the skills, motivation, and preparation needed to
pursue postsecondary education. Through early college preparation and
awareness activities, eligible students are provided comprehensive
mentoring, counseling, outreach and supportive services, including
information to students and their parents about the benefits of
postsecondary education and the availability of Federal financial
assistance to attend college. Through the scholarship component, which
is mandatory for State grants and optional for Partnership grants,
eligible students are provided scholarships for higher education.
1. Partnerships with at least--
* One institution of higher education. This may be any
degree-granting two-year or four-year college or university;
* One local educational agency (school district) on behalf
of one or more schools with a 7th grade and the high school(s) that the
students at these middle schools would normally attend. Generally, at
least 50 percent of the students attending the participating school
with a 7th grade must be eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.
However, as an alternative, Partnerships may choose to work with one or
more grade levels of students, beginning not later than the 7th grade,
who reside in public housing; and
* Two additional organizations, such as businesses,
professional associations, community-based organizations, State
Agencies, elementary schools, philanthropic organizations, religious
groups, and other public or private organizations.
2. State Agencies as designated by the State's Governor, one per
Applications Available: February 19, 1999.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 30, 1999.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: June 30, 1999.
Available Funds: $120,000,000.
Estimated Average Awards: No minimum, maximum or average award has
been established for Partnership grants. The size of each Partnership
grant will depend on the number of students served. However, there is a
maximum annual Federal contribution of $800 per student for Partnership
For State grants. the estimated average award is $1.5 million to $2
million with a $5 million maximum and no minimum award.
Estimated Number of Awards: We estimate that the Department will
make approximately 20-30 State grant awards and between 300 to 700
Partnership grant awards, depending on the size and configuration of
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this
Project Period: Up to 60 months unless the Department announces
that Congress has passed a technical amendment to the contrary.
The Secretary uses the selection criteria in accordance with 34 CFR
75.209 and 75.210 to evaluate applications for Gaining Early Awareness
and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The application package
includes selection criteria and the points assigned to the criteria
Competitive Priorities: Competitive Preference Priority--Prior
Experience (For State grants only)--Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34
CFR 694.16, the Secretary gives preference to applications that meet
the following competitive priority. The Secretary awards up to five (5)
bonus points to a State grant application depending upon how well the
application meets the priority. These bonus points are in addition to
any points the application earns under the selection criteria for the
program. Under this program the Secretary gives competitive preference
to any State grant applicant that--
(1) As of October 6, 1998, carried out successful educational
opportunity programs under the National Early Intervention Scholarship
and Partnership Program; and
(2) has a prior, demonstrated commitment to early intervention
leading to college access through collaboration and replication of
Competitive Preference Priority--Providing Program Services in an
Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community (For Partnership or State
grants)--Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) and 34 CFR 694.17(a), the
Secretary gives competitive preference to an application for a
Partnership or State grant that serves a substantial number or
percentage of students who reside in an Empowerment Zone, a
Supplemental Empowerment Zone, or an Enterprise Community.
The Secretary will select an application that meets this priority
over an application of comparable merit that does not meet the
Invitational Priority--Scholarships (For Partnerships grants
only)--Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) and 34 CFR 694.17(b) the Secretary is
particularly interested in applications that meet the invitations
priority for establishing or maintaining a financial assistance program
that awards scholarships to students either in accordance with section
404E of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, or in accordance
with 34 CFR 694.12.
However, an application that meets this invitational priority does
not receive competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
For Applications or Information Contact: Karen W. Johnson by mail
at: Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 6252, Portals Building, Washington, DC
20202. Telephone 1-800-USA-LEARN, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax your
request to (202) 260-4269. Individuals who use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay
Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern
time, Monday through Friday.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain the GEAR UP application in
an alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) upon request to Karen W. Johnson, whose contact information
is listed in the preceding paragraph. Individuals with disabilities may
obtain a copy of the application package in an alternate format, also,
by contacting that person. However, the Department is not able to
reproduce in an alternate format the standard forms included in the
Technical Assistance Workshops
The Department plans to conduct eleven (11) workshops, sponsored by
the Ford Foundation. At these workshops, Department of Education staff,
with the assistance of the National Center for Urban Partnerships, will
offer technical assistance at a series of one-day regional workshops.
These workhops will feature:
* Information about how to plan, establish, and develop
effective college-school partnerships;
* Guidance about where to obtain additional information
about educational partnerships, best practices, research studies, and
* Technical assistance to prospective applicants on how to
prepare the GEAR UP Partnership and State grant applications; and
* Budget information for GEAR UP projects.
To register on-line, visit the NCUP website at http://
www.gearup.org and click on the workshop you would like to attend. For
more information, call Johnson Niba at (202) 619-0741. The dates,
times, and locations of the workshops are as follows (all workshops
will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.):
* Monday, March 1, 1999, Miami, Florida, Wyndham Hotel 4833
Collins Avenue, contact Oscar Gomez (305) 535-2034.
* Wednesday, March 3, 1999, Atlanta, Georgia, Clark Atlanta
* Thursday, March 4, 1999, Albuquerque, New Mexico, The
Pyramid Crowne Plaza, 5151 San Francisco Road, N.E., contact Pam Yarmer
* Friday, March 5, 1999, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sacred Heart
* Monday, March 8, 1999, Seattle, Washington, Sheraton
Seattle, 1400 Sixth Avenue, contact Audrey Beavert (206) 447-5538.
* Tuesday, March 9, 1999, Houston, Texas, Braeswood Hotel,
2100 S. Braeswood, contact Dawn (713) 797-9000.
* Wednesday, March 10, 1999, St. Louis, Missouri, The Adams
Mark Hotel, 4th and Chestnut, contact Brenda Roderick (314) 342-4675.
* Thursday, March 11, 1999, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Penn
Tower, Civic Center Boulevard at 34th Street, contact Ron Purndun (215)
* Friday, March 12, 1999, Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Park
Plaza, 64 Arlington Street, contact Susan Foster (617) 456-2457.
* Friday, March 12, 1999, Los Angeles, California, Westin
Bonaventure, 404 Figueroa Street, contact Rosanna (213) 624-1000.
* Monday, March 15, 1999, Denver, Colorado, Adams Mark
Hotel, 1550 Court Place, contact Inga (303) 626-2518.
* Last week in March, workshop that will be broadcast across
the country via teleconference. For more information about how to
connect to the teleconference, call 1-800-USA-LEARN, email
email@example.com, or check the GEARUP website.
Workshop sites are accessible to individuals with disabilities. An
individual with a disability who will need an auxiliary aid or service
to participate in the workshop (e.g. interpreting service, assistive
listening device, or materials in an alternate format) should notify
the contact persons listed for each workshop in this application notice
at least two weeks before the scheduled workshop date. Although the
Department will attempt to meet a request received after that date, the
requested auxiliary aid or service may not be available because of
insufficient time to arrange it.
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Printing Office at (202) 512-1530 or, toll free, at 1-888-293-6498.
Anyone may also view these documents in text copy only on an electronic
bulletin board of the Department. The telephone numbers are (202) 219-
1511 or toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under
Option G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases:
Note: The official version of a document is the document
published in the Federal Register.
Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a-21.
Dated: February 22, 1999.
Maureen A. McLaughlin,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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