Federal GEAR UP Opportunity Scholarship (Due June 1st)

The GEAR UP Opportunity Scholarship is for active GEAR UP students who participated under the 2017-2024 GEAR UP Grant. It is $800 per semester and can be used at the post-secondary institution of your choice (institutions must be accredited and eligible to receive federal financial aid).

  1. You must be eligible to receive federal financial aid.

  2. You must be under the age of 22 years old when you are first awarded the GU Opportunity Scholarship.

  3. You must be on track to graduate and receive your high school diploma (or an equivalent) the spring after you apply for the GEAR UP Opportunity Scholarship.

  4. The school or university you are attending must be eligible to receive federal financial aid (have a federal school code) AND is an accredited post-secondary education institution in the Department of Education’s accreditation database (

  5. You must participate in GEAR UP services offered under the 2017-2024 GU grant.

  6. The Federal GEAR UP Opportunity Scholarship is now closed. Please contact Jacque Graef ( if you have any questions.

Institutional Scholarships - For GEAR UP students attending UW

The University of Wyoming (UW) sets aside $150,000 each year to aid GEAR UP Wyoming students in their pursuit of a bachelor's degree at UW. The UW GEAR UP Institutional Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated regular participation in the GEAR UP program. Other requirements will be verified by each applicant's host GEAR UP site.

The UW GEAR UP (GU) Institutional Scholarship application is open from October 1 – April 1. New awards are made every fall semester. Additional awards may be made in the spring semester based on available funds. Students who received this scholarship in the fall do not have to re-apply to get additional spring funding.


Scholarship Begins

Application Opens

Application Deadline

Fall Semester

October 1st

April 1st






To apply, please follow the steps below:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Wyoming.

  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15. Complete the FAFSA verification process by April 1.

  3. The GEAR UP Institutional Scholarship is now closed. If you have further questions, please email Jacque Graef (

  4. Watch your email for messages concerning your aid and make sure you file the proper paperwork, when requested, before any deadlines pass.

  5. Students must also work with their local GEAR UP coordinator to demonstrate participation in the GEAR UP program by using a scholarship rubric. Students can view the scholarship manual which includes all requirements here.

Students only need to apply for the scholarship once. There is no need to reapply each year; however, there are continued eligibility requirements that are reviewed each semester.

Continued Eligibility Requirements:

  • File your FAFSA by April 1 each year. Priority will be given to FAFSA applications completed by March 1 each year. Any verification requirements must be completed by June 1.

  • Maintain continuous enrollment (fall/spring).

  • Maintain good academic standing as defined by your institution.

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your institution.

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree within 6 years (maximum 12 full/part-time semesters).

  • Maintain current contact/mailing and current attending institution information with the GEAR UP Wyoming office.

Wyoming Community College Institutional Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to former GEAR UP Wyoming students who are attending Wyoming community colleges. Most community college partner institutions have funds they award specifically to former GEAR UP Wyoming students. Scholarship eligibility criteria are determined by the individual community college.

Please check the links below for individual GEAR UP scholarship eligibility requirements at the community college you plan to attend.

Casper College

Central Wyoming College

Eastern Wyoming College

Laramie County Community College

Northwest College

Northern Wyoming Community College District 

Western Wyoming Community College


Hathaway Scholarships

The Hathaway Scholarship program provides merit- and need-based awards to eligible students. GEAR UP works with students to prepare and encourage them to meet the criteria set by the Hathaway program.

For more information, please check the Hathaway Scholarship Information.


Daniels Fund Scholarship

GEAR UP Wyoming helps students apply for the prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship. Daniels Fund Scholarships are awarded in the spring to graduating high school seniors and are supplemental after other federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid and scholarships.

Students may use their scholarship at any two- or four-year accredited, nonprofit college or university in the United States with an intention to complete a bachelor's degree.

For more information, please check the Daniels Fund Scholarship website.


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SEO, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6189


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