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Educational Talent Search

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Coastal Alabama and Educational Talent Search are here to help you. Talent Search is a free program that provides academic, career and financial counseling to economically disadvantaged youth in grades six through twelve, and supports them in graduating from high school and continuing on to complete their postsecondary education.

Through Talent Search, we can help you make decisions NOW that will positively impact your future.


Talent Search services include:

  • Motivational Counseling
  • Academic Advisement
  • Career Awareness and Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Study/Test Taking Skills
  • Enrichment Activities

As you get closer to high school graduation, Talent Search also offers services that will give you an inside edge on the college or technical school applications process. We can help you find available scholarships and other types of financial aid.

Talent Search can assist you with:

  • Campus Visits
  • College Applications
  • College Enrollment Assistance
  • ACT/SAT Prep Workshops
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship Workshops

Talent Search is here to help you get through school and show you options for after graduation. Whether you are interested in a two or four year college, technical college or even the military – there are options out there. Our goal is to help you explore them.


Coastal Alabama houses the TRIO Educational Talent Search program. A student is eligible if he or she:

  • Has completed the eighth grade, is at least 11 years old but not older than 27, and has completed the fifth grade.
  • Each participant must currently attend a high school in the service area:
    • Choctaw County High School
    • Southern Choctaw High School
    • Wilcox Central High School
    • Thomasville Middle School
    • Thomasville High School
    • Clarke County High School
    • Wilson Hall Middle School
    • Jackson High School
    • Sweet Water High School
    • Hillcrest High School
    • Flomaton High School
    • Monroeville Middle School
    • Monroe County High School
    • J. U. Blacksher High
    • Escambia County High
    • W.S. Neal High School
    • Leroy High School
    • Camden School of Arts & Technology
  • Has a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school


ALL of the services and activities provided by Talent Search are at NO COST to the students or their families.


Students should submit an application to either their school counselor or their Project Specialist.

About TRIO Programs

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate fully in America's economic and social life.

These programs include Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement.

Coastal Alabama currently offers Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student Support Services.

Coastal Alabama currently serves 1,386 students through its Talent Search program. Over 302,000 Americans are enrolled in 461 Talent Search TRIO programs.