GEAR UP Roswell

Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell
1 (575) 624-7351

GEAR UP Roswell

1 (575) 624-7351

"Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs"


The mission of GEAR UP Roswell is to inform, prepare, and provide assistance to our students for success in training and education.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Partnership Grant is a seven-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness, readiness, and success for low-income and underrepresented students. The grant follows a two-year cohort of students beginning in 7th grade and running through their first year of post-secondary education. Our program and the GEAR UP Partnership Grant services approximately 1800 students in total throughout the lifetime of the grant.

We believe young people who start planning while they are in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees.

We are available

Monday - Thursday

and on Friday

52 University Blvd.
Instructional Center (IC), RM 201
Roswell, NM 88203



  • Increase rigorous course completion and reduce remediation
  • Increase high school graduation
  • Increase college enrollment
  • Increase post-secondary knowledge; increase financial aid knowledge and preparation

Save the Date

11 JUN
GEAR UP Roswell - 2024 Summer Academy
Three day event
ENMU-Roswell Campus
25 JUN
GEAR UP Roswell - 2024 Summer Academy
Three day event
ENMU-Roswell Campus
15 JUL
GEAR UP Roswell - 2024 Summer Academy
Four day event
ENMU-Roswell Campus

Meet our Team

Romo Villegas

“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way. Like an improv conversation.” — Michael Scott
Vanessa Borunda
Manager of Advising and Outreach

Juan Macias
Records Manager

“I am Beyoncé, always.” — Michael Scott

“I guess I’ve been working so hard, I forgot what it’s like to be hardly working.” — Michael Scott

Kay Meyers
Project Assistant

“News flash: You are not special.” — Stanley Hudson
Paulina Alvarez
Administrative Assistant

“I consider myself a good person…but I’m gonna try to make him cry.” — Oscar Martinez

How "GEAR UP Works"

As our GEAR UP students enter into 10th, 11th and 12th grade, we will begin working on building programs focused on college preparation in the areas of:
  • GEAR UP Scholarships
  • Admissions Application Assistance
  • Entrance Exam Preparation
  • FAFSA Preparation
  • Financial Aid Nights
  • Scholarship Application Assistance
  • College Essays
Currently, the GEAR UP program is offering the following services to the Fall 2024 10th and 11th grade cohort students:
  • Academic, College, and Career Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • College Tours
  • College and Career Fairs
  • Financial Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Summer Academy
As a cohort student, there is no need to apply since you are eligible and automatically enrolled in the GEAR UP program. However, GEAR UP encourages students and parents to actively partner with our program to commit to student success. Please complete the agreement as a future GEAR UP student and parent.

You may download and then fill the form electronically, save, and email to GEAR UP Roswell at [email protected].

Alternatively, you can print the form and return it to your school’s GEAR UP advisor.

GEAR UP - 2024 Student Parent Agreement

Our Advisors

Lexx Florez
Academic Advisor, Roswell High School

“I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.” — Michael Scott
James Edwards
Academic Advisor, Roswell High School

“I kinda know what it’s like to be in commercials. My nickname in high school used to be Kool-Aid Man.” — Kevin Malone
Miriam Uribe-Lira
Academic Advisor, Hagerman & Lake Arthur High Schools

“If I don’t have some cake soon, I might die.” — Stanley Hudson
Juan Nevarez
Academic Advisor, Goddard High School

“I am running away from my responsibilities. And it feels good.” — Michael Scott
Javier Rivera
Academic Advisor, Dexter High School

“So you’ve come to the master for guidance? Is this what you’re saying, grasshopper?” — Michael Scott
Elizabeth Tucker
Academic Advisor, Goddard High School

“I wanna do a cartwheel. But real casual-like. Not enough to make a big deal out of it, but I know everyone saw it. One stunning, gorgeous cartwheel.” — Creed Bratton

Our Partnerships

Roswell GEAR UP is a partnership grant. We know that students and their families must have access to high-quality and meaningful experiences and resources to be prepared to continue their education beyond high school and achieve their dreams.

Are you looking for a meaningful partnership to make a positive impact in the public schools? GEAR UP is actively seeking partners who share our vision of increasing access to high quality public education through research, resources, and advocacy. Contact us today to explore partnership opportunities with GEAR UP Roswell.


Texas Instruments

Provides a foundation for GEAR UP success through a combination of math, science, STEM technology, professional development, and resources


Provides impactful social-emotional training, professional skill building, and parent engagement for our students in classroom settings through Keynote speakers and skill-building activities

Provides professional one-on-one academic support to our students

Richard Bradfute & JP Stone Bank

Provides financial literacy workshops for students

Cobro Consulting LLC

Provides software and analytics used in tracking the progress and efficacy of our program


Hosts campus events including grade-level appropriate campus visits, including summer events, transition support, and summer melt prevention activities through customized orientations, bridge programs, and First-Year Experience

NCCEP Career and College Clubs

Grade ready-to-go activities that prepare students for post-secondary education by developing their knowledge and skills in five content areas:


  • College and career readiness
  • Academic preparation
  • Leadership development
  • Social and emotional skills development
  • Professional etiquette

Roswell Daily Record

Is our advertising and outreach partner, specializing in paper circulation and digital distribution streams

Our School Partners

The following schools have or will receive GEAR UP services at some point during the seven-year grant:
  • Roswell High School
  • Goddard High School
  • Dexter High School
  • Hagerman High School
  • Lake Arthur High School
  • Early College High School
  • University High School