Postsecondary Preparation

Getting ready for higher education

On This Page

Students and parents need to know what it takes to succeed in college.

The Ford Family Foundation works to increase the number of rural students who are aware of, prepared for and enrolled in post-secondary education or training. The availability of scholarships is a proven tool for higher education attainment, but even before enrolling in programs beyond high school, students and families must be aware of their options. They need to know  what it takes academically and financially to succeed in a chosen educational path. This work requires a team approach that includes the student, the school, the family, the community, and higher education partners. 

a team approach

To help implement these goals, the Foundation has partnered with Oregon GEAR UP to bring a group of 10 GEAR UP sites to rural Douglas, Coos and Curry Counties. Starting in middle school and continuing through high school, GEAR UP supports effective, sustainable activities that focus on establishing high expectations for all students to meet their educational goals. There are five areas of focus:

    • Provide appropriately rigorous courses with academic and social support;
    • Promote supporting relationships including families, peers and adults;
    • Inform students of the right courses needed for college;
    • Encourage career exploration as a tool to understand the value of postsecondary education
    • Inform students of the financial supports available to pursue their educational goals.

GEAR UP sites:

    Communities Schools
    Camas Valley Camas Valley School
    Coquille Coquille Valley and Coquille High School
    Drain North Douglas Elementary/Middle and High School
    Elkton Elkton Charter School
    Myrtle Point Myrtle Point Junior/Senior High School
    Reedsport Reedsport Community Charter School
    Roseburg John C. Fremont Middle, Joseph Lane Middle and Roseburg High School
    Port Orford and Langlois Driftwood Middle and Pacific High School
    Powers Powers Junior/Senior High School
    Yoncalla Yoncalla Elementary K-8 and High School

    For a complete list of GEAR UP sites, visit GEAR UP.

    In addition to our efforts in rural Oregon, we also seek to align with other postsecondary education stakeholders and organizations. We want to work together to bring about effective, long-term improvement in higher education outcomes for Oregon students.

      To find out more about this program, visit GEAR UP.

        Learn more about our Scholarship Programs.

          Postsecondary Preparation is a Foundation-driven effort. Funding is considered by invitation only. These programs are not open to unsolicited requests.

          Share this: