UWS Program Receives Huge Grant

By KBJR News 1

UWS Program Receives Huge Grant

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM CDT

Superior, WI - (Northland's NewsCenter) - A program that brings together middle school students and mentors from UWS will be able to continue thanks to a significant grant.

The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation in Madison gave UW-Superior a 90-thousand dollar grant that will fund the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior Program, or "GEARS".

The program matches up Superior Middle School students with UWS students...who tutor them on academic subjects and connect them and their families to cultural and recreational activities on the UWS campus.

Programs Coordinator for "GEARS", Julie Schmidt, says the grant will be used to hire more mentors and allow more middle school students to be apart of the program.

"The importance of GEARS is to build confidence in students in this region, really increase their academic abilities, their social skills and help them to envision themselves as realistically being able to go to college," Schmidt says.

The program started two years ago...since then Schmidt says it has tripled in size.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.