[Federal Register: April 27, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 82)]
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[CFDA NO. 84.334]

Office of Postsecondary Education, Gaining Early Awareness and
Readiness for Undergraduate Programs; Notice Inviting Applications for
New Awards for Fiscal Year 2000

Purpose of Program

    The purpose of this program is to give more elementary school,
middle school, and secondary school 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.

Eligible Applicants

    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: April 27, 2000.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 26, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 25, 2000.
    Available Funds: $47,000,000.
    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: 6 State grant awards and 74 partnership
grant awards.

    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.

Selection Criteria

    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
    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
    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

For Applications or Information Contact

    Rafael Ramirez, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department
of Education, 1900 K Street, NW, Room 6252, Washington, DC 20006.
Telephone 1-800-USA-LEARN, email gearup@ed.gov or fax your request to
(202) 502-7675. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
    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 Rafael Ramirez, 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
application package.

Electronic Access to This Document

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Education documents published in the Federal Register in text or Adobe
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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070a-21.

    Dated: April 14, 2000.
A. Lee Fritschler,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 00-10325 Filed 4-26-00; 8:45 am]