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Savannah State University Educational Talent Search

Program Description

The primary goal of Talent Search is to offer a continuum of activities, information and services to enable low-income/first generation college bound students (6th - 12th grade) with academic ability to realize their potential for education and growth beyond high school. Service delivery includes individual and group counseling sessions, field trips, self-awareness assessments, decision making, academic skills, career and college exploration, postsecondary school tours, curricular choices, financial aid assistance, and re-entry services for dropouts. The program serves 955 youth (6th - 12th graders, graduates and dropouts) annually. Two thirds of the 955 are low-income and potential first generation college students.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • 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
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 2%
  • African American: 95%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 560
  • Middle School: 395
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students

First-Generation

  • More than 75%