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Seminole State College FOCUS Educational Talent Search

  • Marianne Hill
  • Executive Director
  • 405-382-9703

Program Description

SSC's FOCUS / Educational Talent Search Program serves students from the sixth through the twelfth grades. Our main purpose is to help students stay in and graduate from high school then proceed to some form of post secondary education.

We serve the following schools in Seminole, Pottawatomie, and Okfuskee counties: Bowlegs, Butner, Dale, Earlsboro, Justice, Maud, McLoud, Macomb, New Lima, Paden, Sasakwa, Seminole, Shawnee, Strother, Tecumseh, and Varnum

How do we serve students ?

During the school year, we conduct workshops each month to assist students with the following subjects: study skills, test-taking strategies, life skills, college and career. We also provide campus tours, and evening financial aid workshops for parents and students. In addition we provide academic workshop materials and handouts to participants.

For grades 6- 11 most activities are done in groups; seniors have both group workshops and individual appointments with our advisors. We consider the needs of seniors - getting to college and applying for financial aid - to be a top priority.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 600
  • Middle School: 600
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Seminole State College of Florida