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North Central Florida Educational Talent Search (TRIO)

  • North Central Florida Educational Talent Search (TRIO)
  • Santa Fe College
    3000 NW 83rd Street
  • Gainesville, FL 32606

Program Description

Educational Talent Search is a FREE, comprehensive program for 8th through 12th graders to help guide students through high school and into college or a vocational training program to pursue the career of their choice. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provided at the College of Central Florida, Florida Gateway College, and Santa Fe College, regardless of which college or postsecondary school students are interested in attending.

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
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants



  • Between 50% and 75%