Educational Talent Search is a federal grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, created as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965. It joined Upward Bound, which emerged from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. In 1968, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, now known as Student Support Services, was authorized. The term "TRiO" was coined to describe these programs.
Educational Talent Search identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged 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 complete their college education. ETS assists participants in obtaining financial aid along with completing the postsecondary application process.
Housed on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, TRiO Programs-Educational Talent Search has been providing services to students in northeast Louisiana for the past thirty years. Currently the program is funded to serve 826 students in twelve schools throughout three parishes. Services include workshops in study skills; information and assistance regarding student financial aid; assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications; information on postsecondary education; exposure to college campuses; career exploration activities; workshops designed to help students succeed in high school and prepare for college; and workshops for the families of participants.
Additionally, the staff works closely with the administration of each school offering assistance.