JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local high school students are getting an early start to their college careers. Students received scholarships and admissions on the spot Thursday at Andrew Jackson High School.
For some students, going to college was just a dream.
"Before I came to high school I didn't think about college, I didn't know anything about college. I'll be the first one in my immediate family to go to college," said Breesha Reed.
Reed is a senior at Andrew Jackson High School. She told Action News now she's even more excited about going to college.
She said she knows firsthand how tough it is to get into college, but programs like Gear Up make it possible.
Program coordinator Sabrina Stargill, said "the last few days I'm sure we've had over $300,000 worth of scholarships."
Stargill said the organization teamed up with nine colleges and brought them into Andrew Jackson and Ribault High Schools.
Students got a chance to get admitted to school and offered scholarships right on the spot.
"That's the goal of Gear Up is to give those students a chance who never thought they could go, a chance," said Stargill.
Students told Action News they are very thankful for the opportunity.
"It's really hard to get scholarships, and the application process, so being able to get admitted on the spot, we're really grateful for that," said Cheyenne Morman.
With the money to go and a plan for what they want to be, the students say they are "finally" college ready.
The program coordinator said in the past two days more than 300 students met with the college advisers.