ATLANTA (AP) - The Bibb County school district and Savannah State University have received more than $3 million in federal grants for programs to help at-risk students prepare for college.
The grants are for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, project. The federally funded program aims to help 275,000 low income students with getting into college. That includes extra tutoring, test preparation and scholarships.
Bibb County is getting $2.8 million, while Savannah State will receive $400,000. Both will start with a group of seventh-graders and track them throughout high school and into college.
The two Georgia winners are part of 47 grant recipients in 24 states sharing $100 million in GEAR UP grants.