About Talent Search



What is TRIO Talent Search?

TRIO Talent Search is a college access program that serves youth in grades six through twelve. In addition to counseling, students and their families are provided with assistance in choosing a college, applying for college, and applying for financial aid. This early intervention program helps young people better understand their educational opportunities and options.The Program has been apart of the University since 1991 and has assisted thousands of students to enroll in college and gain a college degree.

Who We Serve

TS at NC State University serves 814 students annually from 7 middle and high schools

Wendell Middle

Zebulon Middle

Smithfield Middle

Selma Middle

East Wake High

Knightdale High

Smithfield Selma High

The FREE services provided include:

Weekend Programming and Field Trips

  • Academic Enrichment
  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • Transition Skills from Middle School to High School and High School to College
  • High School Survival Skills
  • STEAM-based Experiential Learning
  • Free meals
  • Free Transportation to NC State University

Academic Skills Development

  • Connections to tutoring
  • Computer Technology
  • Time Management and Study Skills
  • Academic Advising
  • Research Activities

College Application and Enrollment Assistance

  • Application Fee Waivers
  • SAT/ACT Fee Waivers
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Assistance
  • Local and Out of State College Tours

Cultural Enrichment

  • Theatrical Performances
  • Historical Tours
  • Museums
  • Athletic Events

Rising Scholars Academy

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Career Awareness
  • Technology Training
  • Critical Thinking
  • College Tours and Cultural Trips

Meet our staff!