Murray State University Talent Search

Talent Search (TS) is funded by the United States Department of Education under the Federal TRIO programs. It is located within the division of Student Affairs at Murray State University. 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.

Talent Search 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,
  • 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 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 MSU 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)