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North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Talent Search

  • North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Talent Search
  • 116 W. Jones Street
  • Raleigh , NC 27603
  • 919-807-4440

Program Description

The Educational Talent Search Program provides one-on-one educational and career counseling to Indian youth and young adults ages 11 to 27 in the counties of Columbus, Halifax, Hoke, Sampson and Warren. High dropout rates, low competency test scores and high unemployment rates are all characteristics of the Indian population in the project's target counties.

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.

Services Provided

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



  • Between 50% and 75%