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University of Houston Downtown Talent Search

  • University of Houston Downtown Talent Search
  • One N Main St
    Suite N215
  • Houston, TX 77002
  • (713) 221-8992
  • Ryan Gealow
  • Program Advisor
  • (713) 221-8697

Program Description

The Educational Talent Search Program at the University of Houston-Downtown has been in operation over eighteen years, during which time it has served thousands of students in the Houston area. ETSP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and its primary goal is to encourage individuals age 11-27 to complete secondary education and pursue post-secondary education.

Talent Search works in 9 schools in the Aldine Independent School District with students who specifically dedicate themselves to pursuing higher education. Students participate by attending monthly advisement sessions, college campus tours, cultural field trips, tutoring and mentoring sessions as needed, college prep-test reviews, summer enrichment programs, and so on. Workshops are presented to students on subjects such as financial aid, college entrance requirements, study skills, stress management, goal setting, test-taking, and peer pressure. All participation is voluntary, but it requires that students maintain acceptable grade point averages and remain in good behavioral standing with their schools.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 875
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

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


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Lone Star College System
  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston-Downtown