Talent Search

Talent Search Program

The Talent Search Program strives to identify and assist 6th-12th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Talent Search staff will work with eligible students as they plan and prepare for postsecondary education through a variety of activities at the school site and on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Program Schedule

Middle School Participants

  • Virtual Tutoring

  • After-School Meetings

Middle Programs

High School Participants

  • Virtual Tutoring

  • After-School Meetings






Applications for Fall 2021 are now being accepted if your student will be attending Dunbar High School, East Lee County High School, Lehigh Acres Middle School, or Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School. If you have any questions about the program or how to become a participant, please send an email to triotalentsearch@fgcu.edu or call (239) 745-4217.

Talent Search Application

The TRiO Talent Search programs strives to assist their students so that:

  • 95% of non-seniors will be promoted
  • 90% of seniors will graduate with a regular high school diploma
  • 80% of seniors will graduate with a rigorous secondary curriculum
  • 60% of graduates will enroll in postsecondary education
  • 45% of those who enroll in postsecondary education will graduate within 6 years
  • Be Enrolled at:
    • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
    • Lehigh Acres Middle School
    • Dunbar High School
    • East Lee County HighSchool
  • Students who are in 6th - 12th grades
  • Students who have the potential and desire to enroll in postsecondary education
  • Students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income and potential first-generation college students
  • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Talent Search will offer two unique opportunities—one at your child’s school and the other on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

A full-time Talent Search coordinator will work with your child at the high school or middle school in exploring career and college opportunities, developing financial literacy skills, advising for middle and high school course selection, preparing for and registering for college placement tests, assisting with completing college applications and scholarship opportunities, and in improving other skills needed to be successful in middle, high school, and college.  This coordinator will also arrange for presentations for parents on the importance of college and career choices and the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other required documents.

Activities that will be hosted on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus include a College for a Day Program; parent evenings in English, Spanish and Creole; and three residential summer camps—4-day middle school camp, 5-day ACT Preparation Camp for 9th-11th grades, and a Rising Seniors Camp.

If you are interested in this great opportunity, please complete the Talent Search application.  For more information, please contact Dr. Angela Corley, Talent Search Project Director at acorley@fgcu.edu or (239) 590-7834.

The Talent Search program provides the following services to all programs participants:

  • Academic, financial, career and personal advising
  • Academic and Skills Assessments
  • After School Tutoring
  • Assistance with College Applications
  • College for a Day
  • Educational Trips
  • Exploration of Career and College Majors
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
  • Intentional Preparation for College
  • Leadership Training
  • Mentoring Program
  • Parent Workshops
  • Peer Response Writing Groups
  • Post-High School Mentoring Program
  • Skill Development Workshops
  • Summer Residential Camps

The Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRiO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRiO projects. 

The recipients of the grants, depending on the specific program, are institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth. Combinations of such institutions, agencies, and organizations may also apply for grants. These entities plan, develop and carry out the services for students. While individual students are served by these entities, they may not apply for grants under these programs. Additionally, in order to be served by one of these programs, a student must be eligible to receive services and be accepted into a funded project that serves the institution or school where the student is currently enrolled or the area in which the student lives. 

Federal TRiO Programs:

  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement
  • Student Support Services
  • Talent Search
  • Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs Staff
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math-Science
  • Veterans Upward Bound

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