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GEAR UP Week in the City of Meridian


MERIDIAN, MS — Meridian Public School District will celebrate “Gear Up Week” September 20-24, 2021. 

GearUp LogoThe Meridian Public School District joins the Greenville and McComb school districts as the only three in the state to receive the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, a federally funded program designed to increase the number of students who graduate from high school and succeed in postsecondary education. 

The grant will impact students in grades 9-12  at Meridian High School.  During its seven-year commitment, which runs through August 2026, the grant will benefit an estimated 1,900 Wildcats.  

 “We are so excited to be a part of GEAR UP Mississippi! Funding from the GEAR UP grant,” said Tiffanie Roberts, MHS’ College and Career Counselor & Graduation Coach. “The partnership with Get2College will help us help our students plan, prepare, and pay for college and set the stage for post-secondary success whichever path they choose.” 

Throughout GEAR UP Week, students will be reminded of their status as a GEAR UP MS student and related benefits. The students will receive assistance with ACT prep, college planning and admissions assistance, financial aid assistance, and FAFSA completion. 

A drive-thru parent and student event will be held at Meridian High School Tuesday, September 21, 2021, where parents and students will be able to pick up information packets and GearUp yard signs from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

On Wednesday, September 22, and Thursday, September 23, MHS students will “Commit to Graduate” by signing a Banner for their Graduation Class. 

Gear Up Week will culminate at halftime of the MHS home Football game against Northwest Rankin on Friday, September 24, 2021, when a Proclamation from the City of Meridian is presented.

Meridian students who graduate during the grant term will be awarded up to $3,500 toward their first year at a state four-year or two-year institution or a career and technical degree.


The U.S. Department of Education awarded Mississippi State University $28 million in funding to support college access through the Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. During the 2019-2026 grant term, students and educators in the Greenville, McComb, and Meridian public school districts will receive targeted services with the goal of increasing readiness for college, high school graduation rates, and access to information on postsecondary school, financial aid, career options, and college enrollment. Other grant partners include Get2College, the Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and ACT.

For more information about GEAR UP MS, contact Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit Project Manager Judy Middleton ( or 662.325.2510).

 About Get2College

Get2College, the flagship program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, is committed to providing excellent college planning services to Mississippi families to help students get to college and be successful there. The program offers free, comprehensive help to plan, prepare and pay for education after high school as well as support for students to persist through and complete their education. Get2College also offers direct support to high school counselors and college-planning training to high school counselors, educators, and school leaders. More information can be found at

About Meridian Public School District

The Meridian Public School District prepares all students, in a parent and community partnership, to be literate, self-directed learners with the confidence and character to compete in a complex and ever-changing world. MPSD serves 5,000 students on 13 school campuses. For more information, please visit us on the web at