TRiO Talent Search Programs in Vancouver Public Schools are part of a family of free programs federally funded by the Department of Education and sponsored by Washington State University Vancouver. These programs are specifically designed to motivate and support students for successful entry into, retention in, and completion of post-secondary education. TRiO Talent Search programs work with students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are low income, or who would potentially be the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree and need academic support in order to achieve their goal of post-secondary education.
The TRiO Talent Search programs in Vancouver will enroll their first student participants in January 2022. Funding for these programs are provided for five (5) years through federal grants. The projects have an ambitious goal of serving 800 students each year from Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay high schools and 200 students from Discovery and McLoughlin middle schools.
TRiO Talent Search offers a variety of fun experiential learning activities during the academic year, and some spring break and short summer programs. Talent Search staff, working collaboratively in the high schools, also provide academic support throughout the year, including: one-on-one tutoring assistance, academic advising, college and career preparation, information on college admissions and financial aid, college tours, and opportunities for personal and leadership development.
- Academic Advising
- Tutoring Services at grade level in Math and English
- College Exploration
- SAT & ACT Preparation support
Self-Development & Enrichment
- Cultural Enrichment Activities & Field Trips
- College Campus Tours
- Educational Success Workshops
- Career Exploration
Educational & Personal Resources
- Assistance in Applying to College
- Financial Aid & Scholarship Support
- Financial Literacy Workshops
The TRiO Talent Search programs will help students achieve the following:
- Successful completion of rigorous courses to prepare for college coursework
- Competitive GPA
- State, ACT and SAT test scores at the college-ready level
- On-time graduation from high school
- Enter college the fall after high school graduation
- Graduate with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree within six years of high school graduation
You are eligible if:
- You are between the ages of 13 and 19 and are enrolled as a 9th - 12th grader in one the following high schools: Fort Vancouver or Hudson’s Bay
- You are ages 13-14 and are enrolled as an 8th grader in one of the following middle schools: Discovery or McLoughlin
- Are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
- Demonstrate academic need; indicate an interest in attending college; and a commitment to remain active in TRiO Talent Search until high school graduation.