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Portland State University Educational Talent Search

  • Portland State University Educational Talent Search
  • P.O. Box 751
  • Portland, OR 97201
  • (503) 725-4458
  • Phillip Dirks
  • Project Director

Program Description

Educational Talent Search serves 685 students in the Portland School District (George MS, Roosevelt HS; Boise Eliot K-8, Jefferson HS; Lee K-8, Madison HS; Lane MS, Franklin HS). A large percentage (over 67%) of our student population is comprised of under-represented ethnic minority students. Since 1993, 90% of our annual high school graduates enroll in college immediately after high school.

What We Do

      All students receive:

      • Exposure to career opportunities, college campuses, & academic summer programs
      • Weekend workshops relevant to academic courses, study skills, computer skills, career choices, and opportunities for education beyond high school
      • Assistance with SAT/ACT preparation and registration
      • Guidance with college admissions and financial aid applications
      • Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents

      Services Provided

      • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
      • College admissions guidance and counseling
      • College fairs/campus visits
      • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
      • Other
      • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 685
  • 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%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 90%