As part of the New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance’s goal to prepare students for college and careers after high school, The College Access Chronicles delves into the minds of professionals out in the world, asking them to share their journey to success and what advice they have for students paving their own path. Find all of our episodes and listen in here.
Resources from the New Hampshire GEAR UP Alliance help our students plan their next steps as they move from school to college and careers. Resources are designed to help you prepare for all of your options after high school. These include the three E’s: education, employment, and enlistment in the armed forces.
You’ll find our own Compass and Navigate guides for middle and high school students, monthly toolkits, and GEAR UP newsletter. We’ve also compiled online resources to help you find academic support, prepare and pay for college, and explore careers.
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Serving with AmeriCorps
Want to help benefit the community you live in, or travel to help another one? AmeriCorps is is an agency which works with local and national partners to serve the American people facing the most pressing challenges. Visit the AmeriCorps website to learn how you can get involved.
LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship Database
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) supports LGBTQ+ people, and they have a portal specifically designed to help finance a LGBTQ+ student’s college journey. Explore the database to find college scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
Stonewall Community Foundation
The Stonewall Community Foundation has scholarship programs to support LGBTQ+ students in their college journey. Find out what they are and how you can apply.
Most jobs or colleges ask for an applicant’s resume to see if they have the experience required. Learn how to create a professional resume by visiting this resource.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site where you can find college internships and jobs, create and strengthen professional relationships, and learn skills to progress in your career. This resource helps high school students start their own LinkedIn and begin making those professional connections and skills for their college experience and careers after high school. Find out the best ways for high school students to create their own LinkedIn profile with this checklist.
Collective Success Network
The Collective Success Network has resources for first generation college students throughout the college process. Visit the site to find out more.
Rise First is an organization who supports first generation and/or low-income students achieve their full potential through college and career resources. Visit Rise First to learn more.
BestColleges houses resources for planning for your college and/or career, scholarships for different identities, and what happens after college. Explore the site to learn more.
Writing a Cover Letter
When applying for college, a job, or a college job, they may ask you to include a cover letter, which allows you to explain your professional experience more than a resume does. Find out the best practices for writing a cover letter.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a standardized test you take before enlisting in the military that measures your abilities in science, math, and language. Learn more about the ASVAB and find study resources.
The U.S. Reserve
The Reserves are part of the active-duty military branches, and they’re meant to supply additional help during times of conflict or declared war. Find out more about the Air Reserve, Army Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Navy Reserve.
The National Guard
The National Guard is a part of the U.S. military that serves both inside the U.S. and overseas during emergencies and missions. It has two branches: the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard. Visit this site to learn more about the Air National Guard, or check out this site for more about the Army National Guard.
Enlisting in the Military
The U.S. States Military has six branches you can enlist in: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Space Force. Visit this site to learn more about the branches and how you can enlist.
Foundation for New Hampshire Community Colleges
The Foundation for New Hampshire Community Colleges provides greater access to financial assistance for scholarships, program development, and facility improvement across the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). They offer a portal for students to peruse and apply for scholarships from all seven colleges more easily. Visit the scholarship portal. For assistance, use this guide to apply for scholarships.
GEAR UP NH Scholarship Application
Students who are part of the GEAR UP New Hampshire program may be eligible for a federally funded GEAR UP Scholarship. Scholarships average $7,000 per student. In order to be eligible, you must have received GEAR UP services under the 2016–2023 grant. You must also be enrolled to attend a New Hampshire college or university.
Study New Hampshire
Study New Hampshire is a vital resource for students looking for the best places to attend college. It offers information on New Hampshire college and university options, academic and athletic programs, tuition assistance, and more. Visit Study New Hampshire.
GEAR UP Navigate Book
A guide for juniors and seniors as they navigate their next steps after high school graduation. Information covers applying to a four-year, two-year, or technical school; accessing financial aid; and entering the workforce or military service. Read the Navigate Book.
GEAR UP Compass Book
A guide for middle school students as they look toward high school in the Manchester School District. Read the Compass Book.
GEAR UP College Tips
Top 10 tips for students interested in college, along with FAQs on finding and applying for college. Top 10 Tips for the College Applicant.