GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship (Cohort 2)

Only renewal applications are being accepted. No new applicants may apply.

Program Overview:
The GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is available to students who participated in GEAR UP Mississippi activities during grades 9 through 12. GEAR UP is a federally funded grant program that provides counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and other support services to help students access and succeed in college. The GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarships for Cohort 2 were first awarded during the 2014-2015 Aid Year. Only renewal applications will be accepted in subsequent years.

Rules and Regulations:
GUMS (Cohort 2) Rules and Regulations

Important Dates:
Online Application Period: January 1 – March 31, each year
Supporting Document Deadline: April 30, each year
FAFSA Filing Deadline: April 30, each year

Renewal Eligibility Requirements:

  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress towards a degree.
  • Maintain continuous, full-time enrollment (excluding summer sessions), unless granted an exception for cause. Full-time enrollment for the purposes of the GEAR UP Scholarship is 12 credit hours per semester or 9 credit hours per trimester.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each year.
  • Continue to have no criminal record other than misdemeanor traffic violations.
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need, and continue to be eligible for the federal Pell grant.
  • Continue to maintain Mississippi residency.

Award Amount and Length of Award:
No student may receive the GEAR UP Scholarship for longer than the equivalent semesters or trimesters required to complete one (1) certificate and/or one (1) associate’s and/or one (1) bachelor’s degree per institution, not to exceed eight (8) semesters or twelve (12) trimesters.

The amount of the scholarship will be determined as follows:

  • The maximum annual award amount for the GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship will be $2,500 for freshmen, $3,000 for sophomores, $3,500 for juniors, and $4,000 for seniors. Classification will be determined by the attending institution.
  • In no case shall the combination of the GEAR UP Scholarship Award and other financial aid exceed the attending institution’s annual Cost of Attendance. Therefore, the annual award amount may be reduced based on the student’s remaining demonstrated financial need after all other gift aid, including the federal Pell grant, has been applied and prior to the awarding of a federal loan or work study.

Other factors which may affect the amount of a scholarship are as follows:

  • The availability of funds during the period of 2015-2020. If funds are not available in a given year to make full awards to all eligible students, awards will be reduced on a pro-rata basis for all eligible students.
  • The number of eligible applicants
  • Changes in federal or state aid requirements

Loss of Award Eligibility:
GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship recipients will forfeit eligibility in the event of the following situations:

  • The student fails to submit a renewal online application by March 31 each year and/or fails to submit required supporting documents by April 30 each year.
  • The student fails to maintain academic eligibility (2.5 GPA) and/or full-time continuous enrollment.
  • The student withdraws from school. Any withdrawal will result in cancellation of the recipient’s continued eligibility for the GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship.

Note: A GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship recipient who is deemed ineligible due to withdrawal or failure to maintain continuous full-time enrollment may file an appeal for reconsideration with the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid and may be granted an exception for cause. In no case may a student receive funds after the 2019-2020 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What happens if I do not maintain a cumulative 2.5 college GPA each year?
    Failure to maintain the required cumulative GPA will result in cancellation of the recipients continuing participation in the GEAR UP Mississippi Scholarship program.
  2. What if I have to withdraw from school during a semester or trimester?
    A student must maintain continuous full-time enrollment during the fall, winter (for trimester schools only), and spring during each successive academic year, unless granted an exception for cause. Examples of exception for cause may include personal injury or death of an immediate family member, participation in a cooperative program, internship program or foreign study program. If a recipient fails to maintain continuous full-time enrollment, unless granted an exception for cause, that student is ineligible to receive additional funds through the GEAR UP Scholarship program.
  3. What happens if I drop below full-time enrollment during a semester or trimester?
    Failure to maintain full-time enrollment (other than withdrawal) will result in cancellation of the recipient’s eligibility for the GEAR UP Scholarship.

How to Submit Supporting Documents