Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky GEAR-UP student to attend 2005 National Council for Community and Education Partnership Booz Allen Youth Leadership Summit as one of 30 national scholars

Release Date: June 17, 2005
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555 ext. 308

(Frankfort, KY)--A Paul Laurence Dunbar High School sophomore will be recognized as a scholar at the 2005 National Council for Community and Education Partnership (NCCEP) Booz Allen Youth Leadership Summit. Deloreon Burton, a GEAR UP Kentucky student, is one of only 30 students selected nationally for this honor.

Burton has participated in GEAR UP Kentucky for four years and is one of the program’s many success stories since it began in 2000. GEAR UP Kentucky, a $21 million effort funded by a 10.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and matching funds from groups inside Kentucky, focuses on improving the skills of at-risk students and influencing their educational choices through enhanced guidance and support.

All NCCEP scholars are participants in GEAR UP programs throughout the U.S., and are selected based on their academic achievements, leadership roles, and letters of recommendation. 

“Being selected as one of only 30 students nationwide to participate in this summit is a notable accomplishment,” said Yvonne Lovell, director of the Kentucky GEAR-UP program. “We are proud Deloreon will be representing the success of the Kentucky GEAR-UP program.”

As a NCCEP Booz Allen Scholar, Burton will engage in discussions with other students regarding the challenges and successes facing education today. He will participate in leadership development, teambuilding, and brainstorming sessions with students from a variety of backgrounds, schools and regions. The scholars will prepare and present a group summit report focused on what educators should consider when designing strategies and programs aimed at improving student achievement.

A Lexington native, Burton is a member of the Dunbar track team, the Spanish Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Teens Against Tobacco Use.  Outside of school, he is involved in his local Boy Scouts and youth outreach at his church. Despite his many extracurricular activities, Burton maintains a weighted grade point average of 4.2. After graduation, he aspires to attend Wake Forest University and study international business.

GEAR UP Kentucky is a collaborative partnership of 50 Kentucky middle and high schools, 29 postsecondary institutions, and multiple business, community, and non-profit organizations and is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The Council’s role in GEAR UP is to help prepare more students for academic success and to expose them to college opportunities.

Since 2000, GEAR UP Kentucky has served 69,188 students in grades 7 - 12 in 117 schools. Recent data show that the rate of change in GEAR UP Kentucky schools outpaces that of schools as a whole in the Commonwealth. Student performance is moving in a positive direction in key subject areas like mathematics, resulting in fewer students in the “novice” level, the lowest level of student performance on the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS).

For more information about GEAR UP Kentucky, please visit

Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.


Last Updated 8/3/2005