Eighth grade students at East, North, and West Middle Schools participate in GEAR UP Iowa. The Sioux City Community School District was one of 12 districts across the state chosen for the program.  The GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Program is a Department of Education funded program administered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission. GEAR UP Iowa will support these students and families as they progress through school. The goals of GEAR UP Iowa are:

  • Help students succeed in middle and high school.
  • Encourage students to attend college.
  • Increase knowledge of college education options, as well as how to pay for college.
  • Upon enrollment in a college, GEAR UP Iowa students will receive a modest scholarship* for up to four years.


* Eligibility for the GEAR UP scholarship requires that students must have been enrolled with the Sioux City Community School District on 10/1/2014. Recipients are also required to successfully submit the FAFSA prior to attending college.

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