Becoming a member 

Who Qualifies?

Students in grades 7-12, who are first generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college) or who are financially eligible under the federal guidelines; and who also possess the desire to pursue their education beyond high school.

There is no charge for these services; however, the program requires a completed application in order to serve each student. A completed application will give the staff information to verify the students eligibility but does not guarantee admission to the program. We request personal information that is kept confidential and is not shared with anyone else other than Talent Search staff and for reporting purposes to the U.S. Department of Education. This information will assist staff in helping students plan for postsecondary education. 



  • All services, including trips, meals, transportation and/or lodging are provided free to eligible participants and paid for by the program. 

  • Students have an action plan developed by a Talent Search Educational Advisor. The plan focuses on academic, career, social and motivational needs. 

  • Academic monitoring including checking academic progress within the school year by working with teachers and guidance counselors. 

  • Career & College Planning: assisting students in career choices through workshops, career assessments, online career and college searches; and travel to visit colleges. 

  • Offering tutoring or referral to tutoring in core academic subjects when students show need in their grades. 

  • Providing activities and experiences that increase as students sense of self-esteem, confidence, and interpersonal skills. 

  • ACT/SAT workshops and preparation help is available.

  • Assistance with college applications.

  • Assistance with financial aid applications, including FAFSA is available to both students and parents. 

  • Exploring student interests and skills; learning what it takes to achieve career goals; finding a school that is right for the student; completing the application process. 


Talent Search is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority