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Grand Valley State University Talent Search

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

Program Description

The ultimate goal of TRIO Educational Talent Search is to increase the representation of youths from underrepresented backgrounds in post-secondary educational institutions around the United States. Two-thirds of TRIO Educational Talent Search's students must be limited-income, first generation college students. It is not our goal to recruit students for Grand Valley State University, but to make sure that the students we serve attend a college that is right for them. With TRIO, students can make a difference in their lives, their communities, and in their education.

See the U.S. Department of Education website for more information about TRIO Educational Talent Search or other Federal TRIO Programs.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • 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


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

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