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Educational Talent Search Program

Bldg. O, Room 113, Main Campus
(772) 462-7605

What is Educational Talent Search?

Educational Talent Search (ETS), one of the Federal TRIO Programs, was originally authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Educational Talent Search is designed to improve college access for income-eligible and first-generation college students. The program identifies youth that possess college potential where neither parent graduated from college with a baccalaureate degree. Then, Talent Search will work with these students and their parents to support their successful high school completion encourage them to pursue post-secondary education, assist them in completing admissions and financial aid requirements and follow through with students until graduation.

The program provides academic, career, college admissions and financial aid counseling for students and parents. All participants are advised to enroll in a post-secondary educational institution of their choice.

The Educational Talent Search Program at the Indian River State College targets youth in grades 6-12 at the following schools:

  • Dan McCarty Middle School
  • Forest Grove Middle School
  • Samuel S. Gaines Academy
  • Fort Pierce Central High School
  • Westwood High School

Students attending other schools in the county may be serviced, under special circumstances. Please call 772-462-7605 for details. The program is designed to motivate and support students by offering an array of educational opportunities. The success of our students will impact not only their families but also the community as a whole. Our goal is to leave a lasting impression on our students and instill in them the confidence needed to succeed not only in St. Lucie County, but also wherever their endeavors take them. Nationally, there are over 226,000 students enrolled in over 40 TRIO Educational Talent Search programs.

How can Educational Talent Search help you?

To be well prepared for college, students need to acquire a great deal of information between grades 6-12. Your Educational Talent Search Coordinator works in your school to provide services that will help direct you to college. These services include:

  • Career and college exploration
  • Tutoring, mentoring and study skills programs
  • College entrance exam tutorials (ACT, SAT)
  • Financial aid and scholarship application and assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions applications
  • College and career field trips

Criteria Needed & ETS Application

Download the ETS application here - sign up now! 

The federal government mandates that two-thirds (400) of the students served by ETS programs meet the following criteria:


  • First generation college student.
  • The remaining one-third (200) student population does not have to have to meet any of these requirements.

These criteria can be determined by completing an ETS application (link found below). As part of the ETS application process, potential participants will need to provide the following documentation (found in the application document):

  • Parent(s) income.
  • Parent(s) education.
  • Proof of citizenship, permanent residency, or other documentation from INS proving that the student is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.
  • A copy of the student's social security card and most recent report card.


Fall and Spring Semesters Summer Semesters
Monday  – Friday 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Monday  – Thursday 7:00a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Friday Closed

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