About Talent Search

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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 a part 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!