Bronx Institute Nets New $3.8 Million Grant for GEAR UP Program

April 16, 2015 3:26 pm Bronx Institute

The Bronx Institute at Lehman College is on a roll with the acquisition of yet another major grant. This one is a six-year $1.9 million grant from the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. for the Institute’s acclaimed GEAR UP program. The Institute’s partners have agreed to match the grant dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total to $3.8 million per year.

This new grant comes on the heels of last month’s announcement of a grant for $180,000 from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services as part of a Hurricane Sandy Relief package. The Institute will use the funds to further its educational efforts at two public high schools in the borough: Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology and Schuylerville Preparatory High School.

We are very pleased with this news, and we appreciate the state’s ongoing support of the GEAR UP initiative,” said Professor Herminio Martinez, executive director of The Bronx Institute and a faculty member in the Department of Middle and High School Education.

GEAR UP is a nationwide federal grant program that helps provide students from low-income communities with the skills and academic support needed to graduate from high school, enter college, and prepare for fruitful careers in the workplace. The program begins in middle school and follows each cohort through high school and into college.

GEAR UP also offers educational programs for families to assist in the college-going process, with special attention given to financial aid counseling and application procedures. Since the inception of the program in 1999, thousands of Bronx students have graduated and gone on to excel in colleges and universities across the nation.

Professor Martinez affirmed The Bronx Institute’s mission, calling The Bronx Institute’s GEAR UP program an “overwhelming success.”

“In its fifteen years, the GEAR UP program at The Bronx Institute has proven to be one of New York City’s strongest college access programs,” he said. “This grant will allow us to continue our work in The Bronx, helping students and their families prepare for a future in college.”