Wisconsin wins federal grant to help disadvantaged studentsSubmitted: 09/05/2019
Wisconsin wins federal grant to help disadvantaged students
Story By Newswatch 12 Team and Associated Press

MADISON - Wisconsin won a $35 million federal grant to help students from economically disadvantaged families prepare for college.

It's called Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP.

Funding this year will help 25-hundred students in eight Wisconsin public school districts... including Wausau and DC Everest

College scholarships will help participating students after they finish high school.

The 35-million dollar grant will be spread out over seven years.

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