About GEAR

The GEAR program aims to empower students to “Gain Education and Access Results” through partnerships between companies and the Gainesville Independent School District. Companies hire high school students as interns during fall, spring, and/or summer semesters and pair them with mentors in various company departments.

In exchange for their service, students earn $15 per hour while working with the company. Eight of those dollars go to the student’s regular paycheck, and the remaining seven dollars are put to the student’s scholarship fund. In addition, if students meet all of the requirements set forth by the program and the company, they have the opportunity to earn a variable bonus scholarship.


We believe that young people are the future of our business. Joining the GEAR initiative is an investment in that future. As a group, we aim to develop a strong workforce and introduce young people to our industries early on. GEAR also gives us an outlet for partnering with our community and giving back to the people that make our company a success.


“Select’s goal in supporting this program is preparing students to contribute to the workforce and their community and giving them the opportunity to earn money for college. We look forward to the results of this first project in Gainesville, and plan to roll out GEAR as a signature project in the areas we serve across the country.”

John Schmitz, CEO
Select Energy Services

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“We believe we can increase achievement and develop a strong desire for learning and success in each and every student. We’re excited to enter this new partnership with the Gainesville business community.”

Dr. Jeff Brasher, Superintendent
Gainesville Independent School District

GEAR by Avila Art 2015-31