Talent Search (TS) is funded by the United States Department of Education under the Federal TRIO programs. Talent Search provides, upon request, reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities and equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. TS Staff does not discriminate on the basis or race, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in the provision of services, educational programs and activities. The administration maintains an open door policy for any student who feels subjection to racial harassment or discrimination. Students are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs, Wells Hall or the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access, Wells Hall.
The Murray State University Talent Search Staff will serve 1000 disadvantaged individuals of which at least two-thirds (2/3) of those served under the project will be low-income individuals who are potential first-generation college students from the target areas identified for the project (KY and MO schools/500 students from each target state).
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 post-secondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the post-secondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post-secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post-secondary education.
Talent Search provides tutorial services, career exploration, aptitude assessments, counseling, mentoring programs, workshops, information on post-secondary institutions; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs or post-secondary education; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system or other disconnected students.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who completed high school, enroll in and complete their post-secondary education.
Talent Search provides:
- Tutorial services,
- Career exploration,
- Aptitude assessments,
- Mentoring programs and workshops,
- Information on post-secondary institutions;
- Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students;
- Guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system or other disconnected students.
High schools served by Murray State Talent Search:
- Charleston High School (MO)
- Charleston Middle School (MO)
- Christian County High School (KY)
- Fulton City High School (KY)
- Fulton County High School (KY)
- Hayti High School (MO)
- Hickman County High School (KY)
- Kennet High School (MO)
- Mayfield High School (KY)
Students accepted to the program receive free services and are expected to make a serious commitment to both post-secondary education and the Talent Search Program.
You should apply to the program and participate if:
- You will be a student between the 6th - 12th grades
- You attend one of the target high schools.
- You are a potential first generation college students and/or students who receive free/reduced lunch.
- You plan on continuing your education after high school at a four-year college
- You are willing to participate in all aspects of the Talent Search Program
Criteria to participate
- Is a citizen or national of the United States;
- Is a permanent resident of the United States;
- Is in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provides evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his or her intent to become a permanent resident;
- Is a permanent resident of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Palau); or
- Is a resident of the Freely Associated States—the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
- Has completed five years of elementary education or is at least 11 years of age but not more than 27 years of age.
- However, an individual who is more than 27 years of age may participate in a Talent Search project if the individual cannot be appropriately served by an Educational Opportunity Center project under 34 CFR part 644 and if the individual's participation would not dilute the Talent Search project's services to individuals described in paragraph (a) (2) (i) of this section.
- Is enrolled in or has dropped out of any grade from six through 12, or has graduated from secondary school; or
- Has undertaken, but is not presently enrolled in, a program of postsecondary education,
(b) A veteran as defined in §643.6(b), regardless of age, is eligible to participate in a Talent Search project if he or she satisfies the eligibility requirements in paragraph (a) of this section other than the age requirement in paragraph (a)(2).