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TRIO Talent Search

The program assists students in preparing for college

Talent Search

Talent Search is a federally-funded college access program hosted by Emporia State University. Through early intervention, the program is designed to encourage participants to remain in school and helps them to prepare for and pursue a variety of post-secondary educational options. Talent Search assists 6th-12th grade students in the Emporia, Leavenworth and Atchison areas. Adults who have the desire to continue their education are also welcome.

Talent Search Offers

  • Monthly workshops on academic skills, postsecondary education options and requirements, career and self-exploration, and financial literacy
  • Assistance in completing college admission applications and financial aid forms
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations (ACT preparation)
  • Tutoring services and referrals
  • College campus visits
  • Academic advising and assistance in course planning and selection
  • Guidance on secondary school re-entry or alternative education programs
  • Cultural excursions and experiences

Who is eligible

  • Students in grades 6th-12th who are potential first-generation college students and/or meet federal low-income guidelines
  • Students who are in alternative high schools or GED programs
  • Adults who would like to pursue a post-secondary education (including those who have dropped out of prior post-secondary educational settings)
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Join TRIO Talent Search

We can be reached at (620) 341-6230 or by fax 620-341-5887 or talk to your school guidance counselor.

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Talent Search Staff

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Talent Search is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants will be selected for program participation in compliance with the provisions of section 427 of the U.S. Department of Education’s General Education Provisions Act (GEPA). Accordingly, access and participation will not be denied to applicants based on gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age.