Talent Search

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.

 Upcoming Talent Search Events

Friday, September 27, 2019
Tunnel of Awareness Experience with FGCU Multicultural Leadership and Development (MLD) Center
This event is for high school participants only. Transportation will be provided. Please see your school’s assigned Talent Search coordinator for more information, or call (239) 590-7834.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Financial Aid Workshop for Seniors

Saturday, October 12, 2019
ACT/SAT Boot Camp
This event is for juniors and seniors who want to boost their ACT or SAT test scores to help with college admission.  Participants must be in either the Talent Search, CROP, or Scholars programs. Transportation will be provided. Please see your school’s assigned Talent Search coordinator for more information, or call (239) 590-7834.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
FGCU Eagle Expo Experience with Talent Search
FGCU Talent Search will take high school students to the FGCU Eagle Expo event. Participants will be able to experience College for a Day, and learn about various aspects of Florida Gulf Coast University. Transportation will be provided. Please see your school’s assigned Talent Search coordinator for more information, or call (239) 590-7834.

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Tour of the Talking Monkey’s Project & Meet and Greet with the FGCU Wildlife Club
FGCU Talent Search will take middle and high school students to the Talking Monkey’s Project to learn about the rescue efforts of this organization to save monkeys from around the world. Additionally, participants will hear presentations from college students in the FGCU Wildlife Club to learn about career opportunities that involve working with animals. Transportation will be provided. Please see your school’s assigned Talent Search coordinator for more information, or call (239) 590-7834.

News

FGCU Welcomes New Talent Search Project Director

Dr. Angela J. Corley

During the summer of 2019, Florida Gulf Coast University welcomed Dr. Angela J. Corley to serve as the new project director for Talent Search. Dr. Corley comes to the university with several years of experience in working with potential first-generation college students, more specifically TRIO students. Prior to joining FGCU, Dr. Corley worked at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Upon graduating from Florida State University with a doctorate in Educational Leadership, she decided to continue her passion for developing and implementing initiatives that support students in their pursuit of higher education by joining the FGCU TRIO and Outreach Programs staff under the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management.

Dr. Dolores Kiesler, Senior Director for Academic and Support Programs at Florida Gulf University, stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Corley aboard, and we feel that she will be an asset to our team.” Dr. Corley stated, “This is an amazing opportunity. I am very grateful to be in a position to contribute my expertise and passion towards providing outstanding service to TRIO students, parents, and the FGCU community.”

Read more about Dr. Corley

FGCU Talent Search Names New Mascot

During the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, the FGCU Talent Search program kicked-off a campaign to name the program’s new mascot--the tree frog. This adorable creature was selected to represent the program because of its unique qualities. The tree frog is known for its beautiful colors, bright red eyes, and small stature. However, this amphibian is also a master of disguise and uses its vibrant colors to survive in the wild. Much like the tree frog, Talent Search students are often underestimated, and yet they have proven to be resilient.

Talent Search participants and their parents were given the opportunity to vote on a name for the new mascot. Close to 100 votes were collected, and we are proud to introduce Surge the Tree Frog. The name Surge means a sudden, powerful, and upward movement. We believe the Talent Search participants should mimic the characteristics of Surge the Tree Frog, as they pursue higher education in a powerful way. Stay tuned for more appearances from Surge at FGCU_talentsearch on Instagram, or maybe even at your school. 

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Seniors in the Talent Search Program at Dunbar High School and East Lee High School gathered for the first of two Pre-College Mentoring days at Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  FGCU college students are serving as mentors and are guiding the seniors through these last months of high school and through the transition to college. 

In the first half-day session, the students discussed their concerns about college and received tips from the college students about how to make move to college go more smoothly.  The seniors created a roadmap which outlines important dates, such as college orientation date, housing application deadline, move-in day, and first day of classes. 

Prior to the next session on March 16, the seniors will take the Learning and Study Skills Inventory (LASSI) and the Perceptions, Expectations, Emotions and Knowledge Inventory (PEEK).  Results of these inventories will be shared and discussed on the second Saturday meeting, along with selecting possible college courses, understanding how to use a college syllabus, and what to expect in a financial aid letter.  Mentors will also serve on a panel to answer questions about life in college.

Applications

Applications for Fall 2019 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 contact the appropriate Talent Search Coordinator below

Mr. Dakendo Michel, Coordinator for the following schools:

  • Lehigh Acres Middle School
  • East Lee County High School 

Ms. Darcy Dalziel, Coordinator for the following schools:

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
  • Dunbar High School

Download Talent Search Application

  • Goals and Objectives

  • Eligibility Requirements

  • Services

  • Program History

Staff

Talent Search Project Director
Dr. Angela J. Corley 
acorley@fgcu.edu
239-745-4217

Talent Search Coordinator
Dakendo Michel
dmichel@fgcu.edu
239-369-2932 x1011

Talent Search Coordinator
Darcy Dalziel
ddalziel@fgcu.edu
239-461-5322 x1155

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10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

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