Pre-College Resources

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

The University of Washington GEAR UP Project is part of a national effort to help students from low-income families prepare for and succeed in college.

 College Bound Scholarships

The College Bound Scholarship program encourages low-income, middle school students to choose a path that will lead to educational success after high school. The program promises tuition (at public institution rates) and a small book allowance for income-eligible students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate. Students may sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, and need only apply once. The deadline for all applicants is by June 30 at the end of their 8th grade year.

Khan Academy

A free online resource and website that offers a wide range of simple, easy-to-understand video lessons on math, science and other topics for any person, at any level. Their library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

The leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. Many of the schools in our RISE UP/GEAR UP program have adopted and implemented PLTW curricula.


PSAT stands for Preliminary Student Achievement Test (SAT) and is, essentially, a ‘practice’ test for the SATs. Generally, a high school student in the 9th and/or 10th grade takes this test to prepare him/her for taking the SAT.


SAT stands for Student Achievement Test. It’s generally taken by high school students in their sophomore and junior years. The SAT tests the reading, writing, and math skills that you learn in school and that are critical for success in college and beyond. The test is offered several times a year, and it’s wise to prepare for them. As the nation’s most widely used college admission test, the SAT is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities.