Talent Search (TS) at Murray State University is a federal grant program funded by the US Department of Education. The purpose of TS is to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in and graduate from postsecondary education.
First-generation college status – Preference is given to students whose parents do not have a 4-year college degree.
Students who do not meet the income or first-generation criteria may still be eligible for participation in the program, based on the availability of open positions in the program and a demonstrated need for program services.
TS is required to gather certain information, such as income verification. Federal law requires that all information remains confidential.
TS Academic Coordinators work collaboratively with school administrators, counselors, teachers, and community organizations to provide services to students throughout the school year. These services include:
academic tutoring services, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects
advice and assistance in secondary course selection
assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations and completing college admission applications
information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and benefits (including Federal Pell Grant awards and loan forgiveness) and resources for locating public and private scholarships
assistance in completing financial aid applications, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school, and entry into general educational development (GED) programs or postsecondary education
financial literacy education for students and families