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Grand Valley State University Educational Talent Search

  • Grand Valley State University Educational Talent Search
  • The Depot
    510 W. Fulton
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • (616) 331-7110
  • Sarah Keranen-Lopez
  • Director
  • (616) 331-7112

Program Description

TRIO Educational Talent Search, a part of Grand Valley State University's College of Education, identifies and assists underrepresented individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education. TRIO Educational Talent Search provides academic and career counseling; tutoring and financial literacy referrals; and encourages participants to graduate from high school and continue on to a post-secondary institution of their choice. TRIO Educational Talent Search also serves adults interested in returning to school by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete a post-secondary degree.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 500
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Western Michigan University