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Talent Search

SLU Talent Search, also known as Educational Talent Search, currently serves 501 disadvantaged students in grades 6 through 12 in St. Louis Public Schools.

High Schools Served

Roosevelt High School, Sumner High School and Vashon High School 

Middle Schools Served

Cole Middle School and Long Middle School

About Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search identifies and assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Our goal is to increase the number of these students who complete high school as well as enroll in and complete postsecondary educational credentials.

In addition to endless encouragement, Educational Talent Search provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants. We educate students and families about the availability of financial aid and assist with the application process for both financial aid and postsecondary opportunities.

Educational Talent Search also encourages people who have not completed educational programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to reenter the educational pipeline and complete postsecondary educational credentials.

Services Provided to Students

We provide the following services to middle and high school students participating in the program:

  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutoring
  • Information about postsecondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information about student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring programs
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Workshops for the families of participants
  • Guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry
  • Alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts, entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education
  • Programs and activities specifically designed for students with limited English proficiency, 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.

Talent Search Application

Information you provide is used to determine eligibility for the program, so please answer all questions truthfully and completely.

Download the Talent Search Application (MS Word Document)