Educational Talent Search


“To yearn (for) or have a powerful or ambitious plan, desire, or hope (to do or be something): to aspire to be a great leader”

educational talent searchThe Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program 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. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the post secondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post secondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their post secondary education.


The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration’s War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960’s, the term “TRIO” was coined to describe these federal programs.

Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to include the Educational Opportunity Centers, Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, the Upward Bound Math/Science program, and veterans upward bound program.


  • Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or post secondary programs
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutorial services
  • Information on post secondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring programs
  • Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders
  • Workshops for the families of participants

Eligibility Requirements

  • A middle school or high school student in grade 6th – 12th and
  • From a low income family (documentation necessary) or
  • A potential first generation college student or
  • In academic need
  • Under the age of 27 and have not completed requirements for a high school diploma or GED

Success Stories


Helpful Links


Carver Campus
414 Stanton Street
Mobile, AL 36617-3299
Fax: 251-479-6669

Program Staff

Joyce A. Dallas, Ed.D., LPC, Program Director, Tel. 662-5376,

Lee Jackson, M.S., Counselor, Tel. 662-5377,

Kesha McDonald, M.S., Counselor, Tel. 251-662-5378,

Important Dates

  • Fri 09

    Final Exams (Day and Weekend)

    December 7 - December 13
    Mon 12
    Thu 15
    Fri 16

    Duty Days for Staff

    December 16 - December 22