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We're here to help

USU STARS! GEAR UP is growing a list of free resources to help you stay connected, educated, and informed during this time at home. There are countless products and tools available. We have compiled a short curated list to assist the many and varied needs you have at school, home, and in your professional life.

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Stay tuned for announcements on camps and activities

Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP offers programs and activities to enhance learning and college readiness. In addition to summer activities at your school, we will be hosting weekend events in the fall for students and parents to prepare for the transition to college.

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Advice on Building a Successful Scholarship Application Process

“The biggest obstacle for students is that they think that scholarships are simply unattainable, but there are so many out there that the more you apply for, the better your chances are of getting them.” Read more about American Preparatory Academy’s scholarship winners and their program.


About Us

The Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP program is part of the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded program designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college. USU created the Science, Technology, Arithmetic, Reading Students (STARS!) partnership program to provide academic support, mentoring, and guidance to help a cohort of students, starting in 7th grade, reach a post-secondary education program that meets their needs.

Learn more about USU STARS! GEAR UP