GEAR UP 4 LA families attended our “Why Private College?” workshop presented by One Voice’s Sharmon Goodman and Karina Arias at RFK Community Schools’ Library. Every year GEAR UP 4 LA teams up with One Voice to help inform and expose our students and parents to the opportunities and benefits available at private colleges.
Attendees of this workshop learned about expanding students’ college possibilities beyond the local and in state universities, to search the country to find the school that is the best match and fit for them. Parents learned about private universities and liberal arts schools that are testing optional and will meet 100% financial need, who want our GEAR UP 4 LA students to attend their schools. They also learned about the benefits of attending private and liberal arts schools such as: smaller class sizes, more resources for continual guidance and emotional support, and increased overall graduation and four-year graduation rates. Last year GEAR UP 4 LA students who participated in One Voice’s program received full ride scholarships to schools such as Tufts, Lycoming, USC, Wellesley, Lewis and Clark, Whitman, St. Olaf, Middlebury, and more! We are excited to continue to work with One Voice, and can’t wait to see where our scholars go next!!!