South Carolina GEAR UP is a seven-year federally funded program designed to prepare low-income students to enter and succeed in college. By working with businesses, civic and faith-based organizations, SC GEAR UP currently provides support services for 24 participating middle schools.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce partners with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to provide the following:

  • Volunteerism - a network of individuals offering direct support for students
  • Parental outreach - workshops and training assist parents in supporting their students' education and get them involved in schools
  • Community partnerships - businesses, civic and faith-based organizations and individuals provide volunteer services, incentive programs, career awareness projects and support

Learn more by reading our brochure:
SC GEAR-UP brochure (PDF)
SC GEAR-UP college prep brochure (PDF)

Learn more about becoming a volunteer:
Volunteer Flyer (PDF)
Volunteer Application Form (PDF)

Partnership intent forms:
Please fax to 803-779-6043 or email to Cynthia Bennett.
Partnership Intent Form (PDF)
For more information about SC GEAR UP, contact Cynthia Bennett at 800-799-4601.
SC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otis Rawl recently presented South Carolina’s GEAR UP success story at the national conference. See “Demonstrating Results: Why GEAR UP is Important to the SC Business Community."

Click here to download & view the Power Point Presentation.


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