Education Trust Awards 1999-2009

Summer 2009 | | November 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm

California GEAR UP provides Educational Trust Awards for students in GEAR UP schools as well as for participants in Educational Talent Search – one of the federal TRIO Programs.  Each student receives a $2,000 trust award, which is deposited into an individual account that grows each year until redeemed.  From 1999 to 2009, 5,122 students have received trust awards.  Each school and program is responsible for identifying and enrolling students, and providing information about the award to their families.  Each school also identifies alternates.

The average value of the trust award when redeemed has been $2,326.  Students must enroll in a postsecondary school within a year after graduating from high school, but can use the award any time during their postsecondary program.  Postsecondary programs can be College, University, Community College, or Technical and Trade Schools, public or independent, in California or out of state.

Through the fall of 2008, 1,600 trust award students have begun their postsecondary program.  59.1% of the award recipients (1,587 students) enrolled in a postsecondary program within a year of the expected date of graduation from high school, while 13 students (0.8% of recipients) enrolled in a postsecondary program earlier that expected.

The table below shows the distribution of the awardee enrollment, by postsecondary institution type.

There were 337 awards funded for 2008-2009.  There were 288 awards for students in GEAR UP schools and Educational Talent Search, and 49 awards for 10th grade students in the GEAR UP Collaborative at Valley High School in Sacramento.

Educational Trust Awards that are not claimed by the original awardees are reassigned to alternates or new awardees.

Comments from Ed Trust Students in College 2009

Through surveys sent to students receiving an Educational Trust Award in middle school, Project Coordinator Crystal Robinson was able to learn how this award helped them and what their challenges are in college.

Question 1: What were the main challenges you faced in your first year of college?

2: In what way did receiving an Educational Trust Award in middle
school affect you as you thought about going to college?

Crystalina Alvarez, University of California San Diego, Major: Human Biology

William G. Jehue Middle School, Colton

Challenges of first year: Being used to being on my own.

Middle School award effect: It pushed me more to do well in high school and attend a university.

Carolina Barraza, California State University Chico, Major: Sociology

Monroe Clark Middle School, San Diego

Challenges of first year: I was homesick and academically challenged.

Middle School award effect: I thought to myself, here is the first one, now I have to work for more!

Edguardo Cerano-Soto, Stanford University, Major:  Undecided

Helms Middle School, San Pablo

Challenges of first year: Adjusting to separation from my community.

Middle School award effect: I felt secure about the expenses for college.

Habash Nivana, American University in Washington D.C., Major: Law and Society

Emerald Middle School, El Cajon

Challenges of first year: Being 3,000 miles away from home.

Middle School award effect: Knowing I could find ways to afford college through scholarships motivated me to continue to excel.

Lovell La Rae, University of California Riverside, Major: Psychology

Eliot Middle School, Altadena

Challenges of first year: New people, being on my own, and learning to rely on myself.

Middle School award effect: It eased my mind about my financial situation.  I was able to concentrate on getting my education.

Adriana Garcia, Santa Rose Junior College, Major: Nursing

Hillard Comstock Middle School, Santa Rosa

Challenges of first year: Making sure I was aware of the resources offered to me.

Middle School award effect:  Throughout high school I had in the back of my mind to go to college because I had already received a scholarship.

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