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Educational Talent Search


The Educational Talent Search Program located on the campus of Alabama State University is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible individuals (ages 11 to 27) with enhancing their potentional for academic and personal growth.

The program serves students in the Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery tri-county area. The goal of the Educational Talent Search Program is to encourage youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete high school and enroll into a post secondary educational institution of their choice.

Services Provided

  • Academic Tutorials
  • Test Taking/Study Skills Workshop
  • Financial Aid Workshop (FAFSA)
  • Peer Pressure/Self Esteem Workshop
  • Career Exploration and Aptitude Assessment
  • Mentoring Program
  • College Campus Exposure
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Workshops for Family Participation

What Does it Cost?

The Educational Talent Search Program is offered at no expense to eligible participants. The primary goal of the program is to provide students witht he opportunity to achieve academic success as they pursue educational growth beyond the secondary level and determine their goals.

Who is Eligible?

  • Middle School Students (6th - 8th grades)
  • High School Students (9th - 12th grades)
  • High School Dropouts
  • GED Participants
  • College Dropouts (ages 18-27)

After School Tutorial Program

Educational Talent Search After School Tutoring is a free service that offers students academic assistance in the areas of English, mathematics, reading/language, history and science. The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to provide remedial support to alleviate failure and ultimately reduce the dropout ratio. In addition, one-on-one attention is given to help students with homework assignments and every effort is made to identify and correct weakness in one or all subjects.

If you are interested in this service for your child, please check with the school's Guidance Office or call the ETS Coordinator's Office at 334-229-4602.

High School and College Dropout Program

The Talent Search program provides high school dropouts the necessary information on returning to school or getting into a GED preparatory program. In addition, participants are encouraged to think about college enrollment to a two-year or four-year college or university or techncial institution once they have received a certificate of completion, diploma or GED.

The program also provides information and assistance to those persons (ages 18-27) who attended college but withdrew before receiving a certificate of completion or a degree. College admissions information is available to each participant.

Application for Educational Talent Search Program


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Educational Talent Search Staff

Sandrita Valentin Trio Staff Fredricka Sellers Trio Staff - Venola Gilder LaTrenda Nicholson
Sandriata Valentin
Tutor Coordinator
Fredricka Sellers
Academic Advisor/Counselor
Venola Gilder
Academic Advisor/Counselor

Latrenda Nicholson