TRIO Talent Search

Maximize Your Potential for Academic Success

The TRIO Talent Search Program strives to identify and assist 6th-12th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. 

The program is federally funded to provide outreach and student services for students who meet academic and economic guidelines, and/or individuals with disabilities to successfully pursue and complete postsecondary education.

Program Information

TRIO 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

Participating Schools
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School
  • Lehigh Acres Middle School
  • Dunbar High School
  • East Lee County High School
Eligibility Guidelines

To qualify, students must be in grades 6-12 enrolled at one of the participating schools, and also:

  • A potential first-generation college student
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Academic School Year

During the academic year, there is an assortment of academic support, resources and tools offered, including:

  • Academic Enrichment and Supplemental Instruction
  • Mentoring Program
  • Tutoring resources
  • Exploration of Career and College Majors
Summer Services

During the summer months, there is an assortment of programs and workshops dedicated to college and career research including:

  • "College for a day" Workshops
  • Educational trips
  • Parent Workshops
  • Summer Residential Camps

Purpose of the TRIO Talent Search Program

The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

Meet the Staff

Lisa Neris
Lisa Neris
Project Director, Talent Search
Office: MCT 0217A
Phone: 239-745-4217

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TRIO and Outreach Programs

McTarnaghan Hall (202)
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

(239) 590-7834

(239) 590-7974