Who are we?

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP is a national college access program with the purpose of increasing the number of students in college and is dedicated to aiding students with the tools they will need to begin their journey in post-secondary education. 

The Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP) is a federally funded program from the United States Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter postsecondary education. The MI GEAR UP Program partners with Michigan's 15 public universities, and valuable external community partners to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component for low-income students.


Our Services
  • Workshops for supplemental development
  • Educational field trips 
  • SAT/ACT Preparation 
  • College info nights
  • FREE school supplies
  • Scholarship opportunities
How long does it last?

The MI GEAR UP Program serves a cohort of students, beginning in the seventh grade and follows them through the first year of college.

Partnering Schools

  • Chandler Park Academy Middle School
  • Douglass Academy for Young Men
  • Julian O. Strong Middle School
  • Romulus Middle School
  • Tomlinson Middle School 
  • Hope Academy K-8
  • Advanced Technology Academy 

Contact us for more info!

Larry Sawyers

Program Assistant
780 Town Center Dr, Dearborn MI, 48126
Office#: 313-583-6612
Email: lsawyers@umich.edu

Ghassaq “Gigi” Nassir

Program Assistant 

Email: gnassir@umich.edu 

Caylinn Higgins

Program Assistant 

Email: caylinnh@umich.edu

Alfarezdeq Nassir

Program Assistant
Email: alfan@umich.edu

Shafeq Nassir

Program Assistant
Email: shafeqn@umich.edu

UMD Trio Office In The Union

UMD Trio Office In The Union
This video is to show you where the UMD Trio office is located, Go Blue!

TRIO Programs

Room 123
The Union @ Dearborn
780 Town Center Drive
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