The Washington Student Achievement Council, College Access and Support Division is recruiting eligible school districts to join our application for the next Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), which we will submit in spring 2017.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) released the GEAR UP Grant IV Request for Proposals (RFP No. 17-RFP155) today.

WSAC and Washington State GEAR UP is soliciting proposals from Washington schools that house 7th grade students and have a 50% or greater free and reduced lunch population who are interested in providing GEAR UP services beginning in fall 2017. As stated in the RFP, subawards are contingent on WSAC’s receipt of federal funding, which we anticipate receiving in fall 2017.

If your district is interested in applying, there are two important first steps. Complete instructions are found on page 2 of the RFP.

  1. Respond to the Bidder Workshop invitation, here: Please respond by Friday.
  2. Complete the Interest Form, here:

The complete RFP can be downloaded here: It is important that you review the entire contents of the RFP before completing the application packet.

The application packet (a fillable Word document) can be downloaded here:

Proposals are due Friday, February 24 by 5:00pm. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by this deadline. Instructions are in the RFP.

Thank you for your interest in GEAR UP. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  

Marcie RM Sample
Associate Director for College Access and Support
Washington Student Achievement Council
360-753-7788 |