Educational Talent Search

trio_logos-talent_search_redIowa State University TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a college preparatory program funded by the US Department of Education. The goal of ETS is to increase the likelihood that participants graduate from high school and enroll in college. This goal is accomplished by providing participants with academic, financial aid and personal counseling through monthly school visits.

ETS serves 1000 students in grades 6-12 in 5 central Iowa school districts. Schools served include Fort Dodge, Hampton-Dumont, Marshalltown, Perry and South Tama County. Two-thirds of students served by ETS must qualify as first-generation college-bound (meaning neither parent has received a Bachelor’s degree) and by income guidelines established by US Department of Education. ETS Advisers work with school counselors and teachers to identify qualified youth who have the potential for college success.

In addition to participating in monthly school visits with advisers, students have the following opportunities:

  • 6th graders spend a day at Iowa State University for Summer Fun in June,
  • 7th graders visit Iowa State University’s campus in April,
  • 8th graders visit a college or university campus in Iowa in April,
  • 9th graders spend a few days exploring Iowa colleges as part of the “College Tour” in July,
  • 11th graders visit a Iowa college campus,
  • 9-12th graders spend a week traveling outside of Iowa-visiting educational landmarks, cultural exhibits, and colleges,
  • 9-12th graders develop leadership skills at EOA (Educational Opportunity Association) Student Leadership Conference,
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