The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
All ETS participants are recruited from a target area that includes the cities of Hampton and Newport News. Individuals are recruited from area schools, through referrals, and via community agencies. The following Hampton and Newport News schools are approved for recruitment: all high schools and the following middle schools - Syms, Achievable Dream, Hines, Davis, Jones, Eaton, Crittenden, Spratley, Huntington, Andrews, and Booker T. Washington.