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College Dreams (Educational Talent Search)

  • College Dreams (Educational Talent Search)
  • PO Box 1407
  • Grants Pass, OR 97528

Program Description

College Dreams promotes healthy youth development, academic excellence, and college preparation for students, especially those who face life challenges. College Dreams is an evidence-based program for engaging bright young people in typically underserved populations. We do this by providing our students, known as "Dreamers", with an on-site College Preparation Specialist (CPS) who works with students on a weekly or monthly basis providing activities and experiences centered around careers and college. Additionally, we go on college tours, provide college scholarships, help with college and scholarship applications, etc.

The College Dreams TRiO Talent Search Program started serving middle school and high school students in Grants Pass and Josephine County in the Fall of 2011. We provide the same services as the regular College Dreams program, but with a focus on students who are from low-income families, who will become the first college graduates in their families, and who are academically on track for college.

Success Stories

"Without them I didn't know what my future plans would be. They helped with everything!"

"I got the help I needed to get enrolled in college, and they helped me with some scholarships that will really help me in the future."

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1700
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 84%