GEAR UP Mississippi

Students across Mississippi benefit from funding to support college access and success thanks to the Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. GEAR UP is funded through the US Department of Education and aims to increase the number of low-income students who are getting to and through college. The seven-year grant was awarded to Mississippi State University in 2019 and is supported in partnership with the Get2College, a program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF).


Direct Service Schools

With a focus on three priority Mississippi school districts, Greenville, McComb, and Meridian, Get2College provides direct service to high school counselors, teachers, students, and parents. Best of all, each student that graduates from a GEAR UP direct service high school during the seven-year grant is eligible for a one-time $3,500 scholarship to any  2-year or 4-year public college in Mississippi. To apply for the GEAR UP Mississippi scholarship, seniors must file the FAFSA at and the Mississippi aid application at


Statewide Initiatives

Through supportive events such as Application Days, FAFSA Days, and Signing Days as well as counselor and teacher professional development, we support a college-going culture statewide. With an emphasis on FAFSA completion and ACT prep, we help Mississippi students prepare, plan, and pay for college.


Resources For Students And Families

Make an appointment with Get2College. Contact Get2College 

Students and families can follow these guidelines to prepare for college.  College Planning Timeline

Learn about the ACT. ACT Information | Free ACT Workshops

Find ways to pay for college. Financial Aid for College 


GEAR UP Contact Information

Brandi Lyndall

Director of GEAR UP Outreach


Tori Holloway

Assistant Director of GEAR UP Outreach


Danny Thompson

Assistant Director of GEAR UP Outreach