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Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Talent Search

What is Talent Search?

What happens in Talent Search meetings?

Why would I want to be a part of Talent Search?

Who can be a part of Talent Search?

How can I be a part of Talent Search?

Why are parents required to submit my Social Security information? Is this information passed on to other agencies?

What does it cost to participate?

Can I participate in Talent Search and Upward Bound?

If I am accepted into Talent Search do I need to reapply every year?

How can Talent Search help me?

What is required of parents/guardians?

Will my child miss school? 

Is there a deadline for applying? 

How do you decide who gets in to the program?

Is Talent Search only for students who make really good grades?

Don't only really smart kids and really rich kids go to college?

If I am accepted into Upward Bound, will I be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at my high school?

What is Talent Search?

Educational Talent Search is an academic enrichment program that you can join at your school.  Students in 6th through 12 grades can participate. A Talent Search coordinator will work in your school and meet participants either in groups or individually. Talent Search helps students explore their education and career choices through fun events and activities. 

What happens in Talent Search meetings?

Your high school/middle school coordinator will offer workshops and activities that will provide you with valuable information. Not only do you learn about college, careers, study skills and life skills, you improve your interpersonal skills by interacting with other students with common goals. 

Why would I want to be a part of Talent Search?

Talent Search is a free opportunity to receive extra information and academic assistance to improve academic success. You will learn in a fun, interactive way how you can plan for college and your career. You will have the chance to meet students from other schools who have similar goals and form relationships that will support you.

Who can be a part of Talent Search?

Talent Search is designed for students who:

  • US citizen
  • First generation college bound student
  • Submit a completed Educational Talent Search application
  • Between the ages of 11-18
  • Meet income guidelines

How can I be a part of Talent Search?

You may fill out the online Educational Talent Search application or pick one up at our office, The Institute for Educational Opportunities located on the campus at Montana Tech second floor of the Health Science building room 203 or from the Talent Search coordinator in your school. The completed application must include you and your parent/guardian signature to be considered. Simply return your completed application to your school counselor or your Talent Search coordinator. Applications must be complete for the students to be considered for the program. Participants are chosen based upon an income guideline and as the first generation in the family to strive for post secondary education .

Why are parents required to submit my Social Security information? Is this information passed on to other agencies?

Talent Search is a federally-funded program that requires proof of eligibility, which is the reason why your Social Security information is requested. Personal information to prove eligibility is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential.

What does it cost to participate?

Talent Search is a federally funded program so there is no cost to participate.

Can I participate in Talent Search and Upward Bound?

No, you can only participate in one TRiO program at a time. Talent Search does encourage participants to apply for Upward Bound if they wish their freshman year of high school. If they are accepted into Upward Bound they no longer will be served by Talent Search.

If I am accepted into Talent Search do I need to reapply every year?

No. Once a student is accepted for participation in the program he/she does not need to reapply each year and will remain in the program until graduation from high school.

How can Talent Search help me?

Talent Search can provide you with the tools you need to have a successful education and career.

  • Struggling in your classes? We offer high quality tutoring services.
  • Don’t know how to study? We will show you how to develop good study habits you will use for years to come.
  • Don’t know how to apply for college? We can help you with the application process.
  • Don’t know how you will pay for college? We will assist you with finding sources for financial aid.
  • Not sure what career is right for you? We can help you match your interests and abilities with a career that is right for you.

To be admitted to the ETS Program, students must be committed to reaching the following goals:

  • Complete the current academic year and continue in school for the next academic year at the next grade level.
  • Complete a rigorous secondary school program of study.
  • Graduate with a regular high school diploma.
  • Enroll in an institution of higher education by the fall term immediately following high school graduation.
  • Obtain post secondary certification.

ETS participants receive:

  • Academic and Career Advising
  • College preparation
  • Career awareness
  • Cultural and educational awareness

What is required of parents/guardians?

Parents/guardians need to be just as committed to the program as students are.  This includes supporting the student by keeping track of their academic progress, participating in ETS workshops and seminars, and supporting their student when they transition to college.

Will my child miss school?

During the academic year program, students receive tutoring in their middle school/high school subjects, basic skills instruction, academic advising and counseling.

Contacts are made during school hours and usually last 30-60 minutes. The vast majority of ETS activities will occur either after school has ended or on weekends.  There is a possibility that a field trip may be during the school day, but advance notification will be given.

Is there a deadline for applying?

While there is no official deadline, keep in mind that ETS can only offer a certain number of slots to each school, at each grade level.  To ensure your student is eligible, we recommend applying as soon as possible.

How do you decide who gets into the program?

After each applicant applies, students will have an interview with ETS staff.  The interview, as well as the counselor recommendation form, will give ETS staff information on which to make a decision.

Is Talent Search only for students who make really good grades?

No. Talent Search advisors work with all kinds of students: those who are on the honor roll, or those who may be failing a class or two. We believe that almost all students have the capacity to learn and excel, and to go on to some kind of education beyond high school. We do require a commitment to finish high school, to try hard to make good grades, and to enroll in some sort of education after high school.

Don't only really smart kids and really rich kids go to college?

No! Higher education is for almost everyone, regardless of how smart or how not-so-smart they may be. It is also not only for people with lots of money because the federal government also provides financial aid for those who cannot afford college.

If I am accepted into Talent Search, will I be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at my high school?

We encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities in their high schools, whether it is sports, clubs, drama or band. Although we stress commitment to the TS program, we also recognize that the best of our students are the ones who participate in various activities.