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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.

Statistics about Region 12 Grant Programs

*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. 

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Participating ACE Grant Schools, Cycle 10 Grant

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

Participating ACE Grant Schools, Cycle 9 Grant

Blum ISD, Pre-K-12 

Chilton ISD, PreK-12

Cranfills Gap ISD, PreK-12  |  Facebook icon Cranfills Gap ISD ACE

Hamilton ISD, PreK-5 & 6-12  |  Facebook icon Ann Whitney Elementary ACE

Itasca ISD, PreK-12  |  Facebook icon Itasca ISD ACE

Kerens ISD, PreK-12  |  Facebook icon Kerens ISD ACE

Rosebud-Lott ISD, PreK-5 & K-5  |  Facebook icon 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:

  • increase the academic performance of students in preparation for postsecondary education
  • increase high school graduation rate and participation in postsecondary education
  • increase knowledge of students and families concerning postsecondary education, options, preparation and financing.
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Participating GEAR UP: College Link Districts

Killeen ISD  |  Facebook icon  Killeen ISD GEAR UP

  • Live Oak Ridge
  • Manor
  • Nolan
  • Palo Alto
  • Rancier

Temple ISD  |  Facebook icon  Temple ISD GEAR UP

  • Bonham
  • Lamar
  • Travis Science Academy
Participating GEAR UP: College, Career, Success! Districts

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


Target Schools:

Connally High School

La Vega High School


Upward Bound Killeen

Delilah Fernandez, Upward Bound Site Coordinator

c:  254-230-5118  f: 254-666-0823

Target Schools:  

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


Target Schools:

Waco High School

University High School

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ACE Cycle 10
Archer, Jami Site Coordinator Mexia ISD (254) 562-4025 ext 4630
Argo, Katherine Site Coordinator Valley Mills ISD (254) 932-5526
Barker, Lindsay Family Engagement Specialist (254) 297-1228
Cripe, Ashley Project Director (254) 297-2931
Davis, Rose Site Coordinator Moody ISD (254) 853-2182 ext 2000
Hannah, Rachel Site Coordinator Whitney ISD (254) 694-7303
Striplin, Stephanie Site Coordinator Mexia ISD (254) 562-4030 ext 5029
Waller, Kevin Site Coordinator Groesbeck ISD (254) 729-4103
Washington, Cindy Site Coordinator La Vega ISD (254) 299-6770 ext 2038
Wright, Terri Site Coordinator Dawson ISD (254) 578-1031 ext 229
ACE Cycle 9
Ballard, Janice Site Coordinator Rosebud-Lott ISD (254) 583-1908
Coker, Ruth Site Coordinator Chilton ISD (254) 546-1265
Demerson, Debra Site Coordinator Blum ISD (254) 874-5231 ext. 438
Griggs, Emily Site Coordinator Wortham ISD (254) 765-3080 ext 3
Horn, Monica Site Coordinator Hamilton ISD (254) 584-4251 ext. 209
Kemp, O. J. Site Coordinator Hamilton ISD (254) 386-8167 ext 4089
Kennedy, Marchelle Family Engagement Specialist (254) 297-1146
Miller, Pam Site Coordinator Cranfills Gap ISD (254) 597-2505
Mishnick, Nicole Project Director (254) 297-1105
Morel, Valerie Site Coordinator Kerens ISD (903) 396-2924
Payne, Kristen Site Coordinator Hamilton ISD (254) 386-8166 ext. 4380
Rogers, Christen Site Coordinator Itasca ISD (254) 687-2922 ext 151
Keele, Traci Site Facilitator College Facilitator (903) 879-5413
Priddy, Beth Site Facilitator College Facilitator (903) 229-2482
Williams, Morgan Site Facilitator (254) 716-9082
School Support & Grant Services
Anderson, Sheila Grant Coordinator-GEAR UP (254) 297-1135
Basham, Carla Administrative Assistant (254) 297-1279
Henson, Sharon Deputy Director (254) 297-1113
Upward Bound
Bailey, Stephanie Site Coordinator Waco ISD & Rapoport Academy (254) 218-5971
Decker, Jennifer Site Coordinator Connally ISD & La Vega ISD (254) 716-4604
Fernandez, Delilah Site Coordinator Killeen ISD & Richard Milburn Academy (254) 230-5118
Horner, Tammy Project Director (254) 297-1127
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