TRIO - Educational Talent Search

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Educational Talent Search

If you are in 6th – 12th grade, you have an opportunity to get on the academic track early with a clear path to college. Connect with a close-knit group and establish your support system to help you reach your goals. Receive free academic support and career counseling.

The goal of Talent Search is to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds finish school and find the money and support they need to attend college.

$328,413 per year is provided through federal funding to help students develop academic skills, study habits, career plans, and learn how to be successful.

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Program Description

✔ Trips to college campuses and cultural events
✔ 7 credits of free tuition at UCC*

* for summer or fall term classes following graduation from high school

Services Provided:

  • Free tutoring in high school subjects (face-to-face or online tutoring)
  • SAT/ACT preparation (we pay the fees)
  • Career counseling and exploration
  • College planning, exploration, and future connections. (guide to academic studies, dual-enrollment)
  • College application assistance (we pay the fees)
  • Financial Literacy – FAFSA and scholarship assistance
  • Varied monthly services
    • Career explorer, career inventory
    • How to be scholarship ready - essays
    • Financial literacy
    • Learning styles
    • PSAT/SAT/ACT prep
    • Oregon TRIO Association student leadership conference
    • Academic Planning - high school and college
  • Connect to TRIO programs at the college level as available

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You can qualify if you are a:

  • First-generation college student, low-income
  • High school or middle school students of at least 11 years old, or are returning to college and are under age 27 
  • Student of one of the following schools listed below
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Get Started 

We are here for you at the high school campuses.

Call, text or email

Sutherlin High School & Middle School, South Umpqua High School, Coffenberry Middle School

Riddle High & Middle Schools, Roseburg High School, Freemont Middle School:

Freddy Gompf, Advisor
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Heather Fantino
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Danae Challand, Advisor
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  • TRIO programs were established in 1965 to help low-income, first-generation college students complete high school, enter college and graduate.
  • UCC serves over 590 students each year.

Download printable application.

Fillable application: 

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