About the Program

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The Educational Talent Search program identifies, assists, and provides services to students who qualify for the program, with the goal of motivating students and providing them the necessary support to graduate from college.

All services provided by the Educational Talent Search program are free of charge. The Educational Talent Search program is housed at Southern Arkansas University and services 600 students from surrounding target schools


The program is designed to promote academic excellence and academic achievement by means of mentoring, counseling, and tutoring to all qualified participants. Also, to encourage participants to complete high school; give participants educational advice; help them engage in career planning and career exploration; and give participants reference information to other programs or services considered beneficial.

Program Specifics



The Educational Talent Search program is a part of the federally funded TRiO programs which are geared to promote educational opportunities and are designed to motivate and support students to attend and persist in post-secondary education. The programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Education Preparation and Support Services. The initial TRiO programs that included Upward Bound emerged from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. Talent Search was created in 1965 as part of the Higher Education Act and Student Support Services followed in 1968. The term “TRiO” was coined to describe these original federal programs. These programs work in conjunction with one another and they all share the same common goal: “To motivate and support each participant.”