Grant awarded to aid students preparing for college

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a $27,000 grant to host the GEAR UP-3 summer camp. The camp, to be held from Sunday, July 7, to Friday, July 12, is designed to encourage rising 12th grade students from Allentown, Harrisburg, and Norristown school districts to prepare for postsecondary education by helping students to understand college entrance requirements, comprehend financial literacy/financial aid, learn about the high school-college-career path, and increase both non-cognitive and cognitive skills.

During the week-long camp, students will:

  • Take a one-credit (15 contact hours) freshman seminar that will include time management, study skills, organization, fiscal responsibility, test-taking skills and test anxiety, college reading skills, and career/major exploration along with a college-level book reading and discussion.
  • Develop writing skills and write a college application essay.
  • Prepare for college and SAT math through the use of ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces), a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system.
  • Talk to panels of alumni, college students, and employers to learn about the process from high school to college to career.
  • Participate in workshops on college student life, professionalism, mock interviews, library usage, college application process and financial aid.

There will be no cost to attend the camp. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the United States Department of Education is providing funding for the GEAR-UP program.

For more information about the Gear-UP-3 camp, contact program coordinator Kim Bolig, Ph.D., at