Talent Search

The TRIO Talent Search program at South Seattle College is a free, federally-funded program that serves middle and high school students attending Cascade Middle School, Denny International Middle School, Career Link High School, Chief Sealth International High School, and Evergreen High School. We help low-income and first-generation college-bound students successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in post-secondary education.

Talent Search identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process.

More than 312,000 students are enrolled in 473 Talent Search projects. According to the more recent data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, 80% of Talent Search participants enrolled in postsecondary institutions immediately following high school graduation.

U.S. Department of Education - Talent Search Program: www2.ed.gov/programs/triotalent/index.html


Services Offered

Student Services Specialists coordinate with high school sites, providing the following program services in conjunction with the program director and program coordinator:

  • Field trips to visit colleges
  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring services
  • College research
  • College application assistance
  • Scholarship resources
  • Fee waivers for the SAT, ACT, and college applications
  • Career planning
  • Financial aid assistance


How To Participate

To participate in TRIO Talent Search, students must:

  • Attend one of the target schools: Career Link, Evergreen or Chief Sealth International High School or Cascade or Denny International Middle School.
  • Be between the ages of 11 and 27 and have completed the fifth grade.
  • Be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident.
  • Agree to actively participate in the program activities.
  • Complete a program application.