Educational Talent Search

Advisors are currently offering in-person services at all High Schools and Middle Schools we serve. Are you still completing your education online? Advisors are also available by phone, email or conference call via Zoom.   

The Educational Talent Search Program remains dedicated to providing excellent service to ETS participants and their families.  



Advisor, Sutherlin High & Middle Schools, South Umpqua High School, and Coffenberry Middle School

Freddy Gompf

Advisor, Riddle High & Middle Schools, Roseburg High School and Fremont Middle School  
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Danae Challand

Advisor, Douglas High School, Winston Middle School, Glide High & Middle Schools  
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The Educational Talent Search programs serve young people in grades six through 12. In addition to advising, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships, and various financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps young people understand their educational opportunities and options. More than 320,854 Americans are enrolled in 360 Talent Search TRIO programs.

Who We Are

TRIO programs were established in 1965 to help low-income, first generation students complete high school, enter college, and graduate.

UCC’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) is federally funded by the US Department of Education. Locally, ETS targets students in the 7th through 12th grades and returning students up to age 27 in the Douglas County area.

UCC’s ETS serves 592 students, who are referred to the program by high school counselors, parents, teachers, current participants, and other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be between the ages of 12 and 27 and live in the Douglas County area.
  • Students must have a genuine interest in academic success in high school and college.

Two-thirds of the students must:

  • Meet federal income eligibility guidelines and
  • Be a potential first generation college student (neither parent received a four-year college degree)

One-third of the students may:

  • Have any economic background
  • Have a parent who has received a four-year college degree

The goals of ETS are to help students prepare for college and find the money they need to go to a college, trade or technical school.

Schools We Serve

Coffenberry, Glide, Winston, Fremont, Riddle, and Sutherlin Middle Schools

South Umpqua, Glide, Douglas, Roseburg, Riddle, and Sutherlin High Schools


There are three ways to apply:  

Use the fillable ETS ONLINE APPLICATION or

Scan the QR code below or


View/ Download ETS Application, print it out and send it to the address below


Umpqua Community College
Educational Talent Search
PO Box 967
Roseburg, OR 97470


Mary Morris
Program Director

Cathy Adkins
Program Assistant

Upward Bound / Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is federally funded by the US Department of Education with an annual grant of $328,413 Umpqua Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


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