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Talent Search

Talent Search (TS) is a federally funded grant program from the United States Department of Education. TS provides activities to 800 eligible participants in southern Iowa and northern Missouri with services that will help them realize that college is a reality in their future. The emphasis is to provide educational activities which will promote success in school and life.

Eligibility for Talent Search Participants

  • Students currently enrolled in grades 6th-12th
  • Students ages 11-27
  • Students who have dropped out of high school or post-secondary school
  • Veterans – no age restrictions


  • School counselors
  • Principals
  • Teachers
  • Parents / guardians
  • Students / friends
  • Agency personnel


TRIO is educational opportunity for low-income and disabled Americans.

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.