Grants & Grant Services
Providing direct grant-based services to students across the region.
ESC Region 12 offers a number of Grants & Grant Services, including ACE, GEAR UP and Upward Bound. For more information about each grant, click the tab above.
*The statistics above include data from the 2014-15 school year.
Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Grant
The Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Grant works to establish community learning centers at schools with at least 50 percent economically disadvantaged student populations. The program assists student participants in meeting academic standards in core subject areas (reading, math, science, and social studies) by providing after school time services to students and their families at the school sites.
In addition to academic support, students and their families participate in a variety of enrichment activities that complement the regular school day program. Activities include martial arts, culinary arts, art, quilting, robotics, parenting/family nights and more. The plans focus on attendance, behavior, promotion to the next grade level and graduation rates. They also include college and career readiness initiatives.
Dawson ISD, PreK-6
Groesbeck ISD, K-5
La Vega ISD, 1-5
Mexia ISD, PreK-5
Moody ISD, PreK-6
Valley Mills ISD, PreK-5
Whitney ISD, 2-5
Blum ISD, Pre-K-12
Chilton ISD, PreK-12
Cranfills Gap ISD, PreK-12 | Cranfills Gap ISD ACE
Hamilton ISD, PreK-5 & 6-12 | Ann Whitney Elementary ACE
Itasca ISD, PreK-12 | Itasca ISD ACE
Kerens ISD, PreK-12 | Kerens ISD ACE
Rosebud-Lott ISD, PreK-5 & K-5 | Rosebud-Lott ACE
Wortham ISD, PreK-12
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
GEAR UP: College, Career, Success! Is a partnership grant between the Education Service Center Region 12, school districts and other vendors/colleges. The three main objectives of this grant are to:
Texas GEAR UP
College and Career Awareness
Financial Aid Awareness
Killeen ISD | Killeen ISD GEAR UP
Temple ISD | Temple ISD GEAR UP
Upward Bound Grant
Upward Bound is an innovative program aimed at closing the gap and increasing the academic achievement levels of underserved first generation college students. The program is designed to enable students to not only succeed in high school but also in post-secondary education and beyond.
This program assists students to increase college and career readiness through preparing academically, college planning, and financial aid planning.
Upward Bound Connally/LaVega
Jennifer Decker, Upward Bound Site Coordinator
c: 254-716-4604 f: 254-666-0823
Connally High School
La Vega High School
Upward Bound Killeen
Delilah Fernandez, Upward Bound Site Coordinator
c: 254-230-5118 f: 254-666-0823
Killeen High School
Pathways High School
Richard Milburn Academy
Upward Bound Waco
Stephanie Bailey, Upward Bound Site Coordinator
c: 254-716-6423 f: 254-666-0823
Waco High School
University High School
Upward Bound Student Handbook
>> Students must return a printed copy of the application to their designated site coordinator.
Connally/La Vega Application
2101 West Loop 340
Waco, TX 76712
Phone: (254) 297-1212
Main Fax: (254) 666-0823
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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