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TRIO Talent Search

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TRiO Talent Search is a FREE program through the U.S. Department of Education for eligible middle and high school students at target schools in Palm Beach County.

Participants receive:

  • Academic support
  • Free cultural events & fieldtrips (meals included)
  • Career exploration & assessment
  • Study skills
  • Time management & organization skills
  • Self esteem building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Test taking skills

The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education institutions of their choice. The TS/TRiO program is 100% federally funded at $240,000.00 annually.




Services Provided

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Career Exploration and Assessment
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Assistance
  • Tutoring
  • College Entrance Information
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • FCAT Preparation
  • College Application Assistance
  • Visitations to College Campuses
 TRIO Services Provided

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Low income
    (as defined by the U.S. Dept of Education-Federal TRIO Programs effective January 26, 2012, until further notice)*

  2. Potential first generation college student (defined as neither parent or guardian, with whom the student is living, has graduated from college with a baccalaureate degree.) *
    *Two-thirds of our participants must meet both of these requirements.

  3. Currently enrolled at one of our participating target schools.

  4. A US citizen or permanent resident and the necessary documentation for proof or a letter of intent for residency from INS.

Parents: Please complete all necessary documentation by deadlines marked on your acceptance packet, or your child may be put on a waiting list.

Participating Schools

Program services are available to eligible students of the following schools:

Middle Schools:

  • Congress, Boynton Beach
  • Conniston, West Palm Beach
  • Lake Worth Middle, Lake Worth
  • Palm Springs, West Palm Beach
  • Woodlands, Lake Worth

High Schools:

  • Boynton Beach High
  • Forest Hill, West Palm Beach
  • Lake Worth High, Lake Worth
  • Santaluces, Lantana

Talent Search Tips

Middle School

Remember that your grades are very important and that your Talent Search Staff wants you to excel academically. Parents please contact your child's advisor, if you feel your child needs assistance.


Your 9th grade year grades will affect your GPA which you will need to apply for college and obtain scholarships. Make your homework and assignments your first priority. If you need help, please talk to your TRiO advisor.

If you plan on staying in Florida for College, please be mindful of the Bright Futures Scholarship requirements. Bright Futures Scholarship will cover between 75% -100% of your tuition at any public Florida institution in addition to any scholarship or financial assistance that you may be qualified for. Find more information go to the Bright Futures website.

Please talk to your TRiO advisor about your high school graduation requirements.

Do you have a 3.0 GPA at the end of your 9th grade year? You may want to look into dual enrollment. This gives you an opportunity to start college while in high school. The credits will count for both high school and college.


Plan early to make your last year of high school more pleasant!

Start researching colleges of interest on The website will give you a breakdown of deadlines, enrollment information, demographics, and cost of attendance at each school.

Please confirm that the college/colleges of your choice, accepts/accept fee waiver for your application/applications.

Every year thousands of dollars in scholarships money go unclaimed. It takes time and effort to apply for as many scholarships as you may be eligible for.

Staff Contact & Location Info

Lake Worth campus - Building: SCA Office: 107
Telephone: (561) 868-3638  |  Fax: (561) 868-3394

Administrative Assistant II: Deborah Slicis 

Phone: (561) 868-3594

Talent Search Grant 'A'

Program Manager: Carla Patrick
Telephone: (561) 868-3546

Post Secondary Advisor: Malique Domond
Telephone: (561) 868-3679

Post Secondary Advisor: Damon Bates
Telephone: (561) 868-3343

Talent Search Grant 'B'

Program Manager: Mario Bosquet
Telephone:  (561) 868-3677

Post Secondary Advisor: Yarisel Pérez
Telephone: (561) 868-3678

Post Secondary Advisor: Lissette Heaven
Telephone: (561) 868- 3951

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