The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education.
The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the institution of their choice and help them complete their postsecondary education.
The College Talent Search program serves students in grades 8 through 12. Two-thirds of our program participants must be first generation AND low income. The remaining percentage can meet only one or neither of the required criteria. They can also be students who are limited English proficient, individuals with disabilities, homeless children and youths, foster care youth, individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education or any other disconnected participants.
Amarillo Target Schools:
Palo Duro, Tascosa, and Caprock
Horace Mann, Travis, Bowie, and Sam Houston
Students must be enrolled in one of the target schools to be eligible. Below is a list of the other eligibility requirements. The student must:
The student must also:
Applicants that do not meet this criteria may also be considered. Special exceptions can be made based on need of services.
College Talent Search at WTAMU has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 2002. We serve 503 students annually (477FY 2013-2014).
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To contact the College Talent Search offices in person, please feel free to visit us at the WTAMU campus. We are located in the Old Student Union Building (Old SUB), Suite 112.
You can also reach us by mail at:
College Talent Search West Texas A&M University WTAMU Box 60776 Canyon, TX 79016-0001
You can also visit our Contact Us page if you want to reach someone specifically.
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