What is Talent Search?
Talent Search (TS) at Murray State University is a federal grant program funded by the US Department of Education. The purpose of TS is to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary education.
TS is located on the campus of Murray State University and serves 500 students in western Kentucky and 500 students in southeast Missouri. Target schools served by our program include:
- Ballard County Memorial High School (KY)
- Christian County High School (KY)
- Fulton County Middle School (KY)
- Fulton County High School (KY)
- Fulton Independent School (KY)
- Heath Middle School (KY)
- Hickman County Junior High (KY)
- Hickman County High School (KY)
- Mayfield Middle School (KY)
- Mayfield High School (KY)
- Trigg County High School (KY)
- Charleston Middle School (MO)
- Charleston High School (MO)
- Graves County High School (KY)
- Hayti High School (MO)
- Lone Oak Middle School (KY)
- McCracken County High School (KY)
- Paducah Middle School (KY)
- Reidland Middle School (KY)
- Todd County Middle School (KY)
- Todd County Central High School (KY)
Who can apply?
Students accepted to the program receive FREE services and are expected to make a serious commitment to both postsecondary education and the TS program. You should apply if you are:
- A student in grades 6-12 at the target schools served by the program
- A student interested in exploring postsecondary options, including 1-year Certificate programs, 2-year Associate’s programs, and 4-year Bachelor’s programs
- A student with the potential for academic success and the desire to further your education
Students must meet certain ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. These include:
- Citizenship – Students must be US citizens or provide proof of permanent residency.
- Income – Preference is given to students whose family income meets federal guidelines.
- First-generation college status – Preference is given to students whose parents do not have a 4-year college degree.
Students who do not meet the income or first-generation criteria may still be eligible for participation in the program, based on the availability of open positions in the program and a demonstrated need for program services.
TS is required to gather certain information, such as income verification. Federal law requires that all information remains confidential.
TS Academic Coordinators work collaboratively with school administrators, counselors, teachers, and community organizations to provide services to students throughout the school year. These services include:
- academic tutoring services, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects
- advice and assistance in secondary course selection
- assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations and completing college admission applications
- information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and benefits (including Federal Pell Grant awards and loan forgiveness) and resources for locating public and private scholarships
- assistance in completing financial aid applications, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school, and entry into general educational development (GED) programs or postsecondary education
- financial literacy education for students and families
- personal and career counseling
- career exploration
- campus visits and cultural events
- workshops and counseling for families
- mentoring programs
- Contact our Main Office
- 256 Blackburn Science Building
- Murray, KY 42071
- Phone: 270.809.3526
- Toll Free: 800.669.7654
- Fax: 270.809.5761
Talent Search (TS) is located within the division of Student Affairs at Murray State University. TS does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in the provision of services, educational programs, and activities. TS will provide, upon request, reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities and an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. The administration maintains an open door policy for any student who feels subjection to racial harassment or discrimination. These students are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Institutional Diversity,Equity,and Access, both of which are located in Wells Hall.