Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Class of 2017 College Scholarship Application


The Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Class of 2017 Scholarship is specially designed to be a “gap filling” scholarship to financially assist eligible students in achieving their educational goals, and is awarded above and beyond regular financial aid. The scholarship amount is $500. The scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2017 after the receipt of proof of college matriculation and the funds will be sent directly to the school on the student’s behalf.

Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2017

Awards will be announced at the May 31, 2017 GEAR UP Year End Celebration

Requirements for application:

  • Must be a graduate of the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP class of 2017
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • A fully completed and signed application, including
    • An official copy of the student’s High School transcript. Please contact your high school counselor to receive an official copy.
    • A recommendation from a GEAR UP staff member.
    • An essay on one of the following two questions, using a separate document.
      • How has GEAR UP influenced your academics and decision-making in planning for post-secondary education? Discuss the activities/events or interactions you participated in with GEAR UP staff or students and how did they influence your decision
                                                             – OR –
      • How has your experience in GEAR UP prepared you to be an agent of change at the college/university you will attend? Discuss the activities/events you participated in, the “aha!” moments you had, or perhaps experiences with GEAR UP students or staff that influenced you.
    • List of colleges and universities to which the student has applied
    • List of employment, internship and/or extracurricular activities in which the student has participated while in high school.
    • Academic Resume (separate document)

Requirements for disbursement of funds:
Awardees must provide proof of matriculation (e.g., college schedule for fall 2017). Payment will be sent directly to the school on the student’s behalf.

Applying by mail:

Application packets must be postmarked by April 30, 2017 and mailed to:
Barb Nangle, Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership, 389 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06511 (call or e-mail Barb if you have questions at 203-789-7645 or Barbara.Nangle@yale.edu)

Applying online:

Click here to fill out an online application.