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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 a part of the University since 1991 and has assisted thousands of students to enroll in college and gain a college degree. NC State currently has 2 Talent Search programs: Talent Search Legacy (Wake & Johnston Counties) and Talent Search Encore (Wayne County).

Who We Serve

TS at NC State University serves 1,314 students annually from 12 schools in Wake, Johnston, and Wayne Counties.

Wake County SchoolsJohnston County SchoolsWayne County Schools
Wendell MiddleSmithfield MiddleBrogden Middle
Zebulon MiddleSelma MiddleEastern Wayne Middle
East Wake HighSmithfield-Selma HighGrantham Middle
Knightdale HighGoldsboro High
Southern Wayne High

FREE services provided include:

Weekend Programming and Field Trips

  • Academic Enrichment
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • Transition Skills from Middle School to High School and High School to College
  • High School Survival Skills
  • STEAM-based Experiential Learning
  • Meals and Transportation provided for all events

Academic Skills Development

  • Connections to tutoring
  • 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

Summer Programming

  • Rising Scholars Academy, 6th-10th grades
  • College Bootcamp, Rising seniors
  • College Launch, Rising college freshmen

Meet our staff!