Shippensburg University is gearing up efforts to support high school students in low-income communities. Thirty students and their families in Title 1 high schools will get services to help them better prepare for post-secondary education. Shippensburg University was awarded a $154,000 Pennsylvania GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant to carry out the program through spring 2021.

“Shippensburg University is excited to partner with the Harrisburg, Allentown and Norristown Area School Districts and their students. We’re ready to welcome these students to campus and support them as they work towards educational success,” said Dr. B. Donta Truss, vice president for enrollment management, student affairs and student success.

Shippensburg will begin connecting with students in these districts during the spring 2020 semester. The students, accepted to Shippensburg University, will be supported by the grant-funding and attend the Summer Bridge Program. The five-week Summer Bridge is a five-week extended orientation to college roles and expectations and assesses college readiness. Following successful completion, students continue their enrollment and grant funding into the fall semester.