Talent Search


  • Identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
  • Provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their post secondary education.
  • TS publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the post secondary application process, and encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post secondary education.

Activities Provided:

  • Connections to tutorial services;
  • Assistance in secondary school course selection and post secondary course selection;
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations;
  • Assistance in completing college admission applications;
  • Information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and resources for locating public and private scholarships;
  • Assistance in completing financial aid applications;
  • Guidance and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs, or post secondary education; and
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students’ parents

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Who May Apply for TS Grants:  Institutions of higher education (IHEs), public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and as appropriate to the purposes of the program, secondary schools.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Students must be between the ages of 11 and 27 and have completed the fifth grade. In any given project, two-thirds of the participants must be students who are low-income and potential first-generation college students.

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