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Congressman Gonzalez Announces $4 Million GEAR UP Grant for Region One Education Service Center

October 12, 2021
Press Release
To Prepare Low-Income Students for Post-Graduate Opportunities  

Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a grant of $4,008,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for Region One Education Service Center (ESC), which includes every school district within the Rio Grande Valley as well Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg and Brooks counties.  


The grant entitled “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” (GEAR UP Partnership) will provide funding for a cohort of select students from low income middle and high schools. This funding will equip educators to increase preparedness and success for students’ post-graduate education. 


“Young South Texans deserve every chance to achieve their dreams,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “This funding will create opportunities and a pathway to success for students across our region. Congratulations to Region One on receiving this award and continuing to empower students to reach their educational and professional aspirations.”


“On behalf of the thousands of students, educators, and families who will benefit from these awarded grants, we are extremely grateful for the many life-changing opportunities they offer,” said Dr. Judith M. Solis, Interim Executive Director, Region One Education Service Center. “We are also humbled by the awarding of these grants because it speaks to the on-going work at Region One toward post-secondary efforts, healthcare career pathways, and support for those adult learners wanting better for themselves and their families. At Region One ESC our decision making is always led with the question, ‘will it positively impact students?’, and in this case, it most definitely does.”  


The Region One ESC is one of 20 regional education service centers tasked with assisting school districts across the state.