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KU TRIO Talent Search

KU TRIO Talent Search is a free college access program sponsored by the University of Kansas and funded through the U.S. Department of Education. This program provides assistance to youth to help them remain in school, pursue postsecondary education, and earn a certificate, associates degree, or bachelor’s degree.


High School Seniors

Services for high school seniors focus primarily on applying for college and completing financial aid and scholarship applications. Workshops are offered throughout the school year at each high school with topics focusing on financial aid, the ACT, and college planning. KU TRIO Talent Search staff are also available by appointment for one-on-one advising. Contact our office to set up an appointment.

Free services:

  • Fee waivers for college applications
  • ACT fee waiver
  • College visits
  • Scholarship searches
  • Assistance applying to colleges
  • Assistance applying for scholarships
  • Assistance with FAFSA, SAR, and other college financial questions
  • "Getting Ready for Your First Year in College" resources


Middle School and High School Services

The majority of middle school and high school services are provided during the school day. Academic advisors and program mentors visit with KU TRIO Talent Search participants at their school several times a month.

Workshops: Students meet with KU TRIO Talent Search staff approximately once a month for 30 to 60 minutes and participate in workshops on topics such as academic preparation, career exploration, and preparing for college.

Advising: Per request, students can meet one-on-one or in small groups with KU TRIO Talent Search staff and learn more about a specific career or college topic.

Eat & Greet: Students meet with KU TRIO Talent Search staff during scheduled lunch periods and receive handouts on a variety of topics such as careers, colleges, STEM programs, academic strategies, financial aid, and scholarship information.


STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

KU TRIO Talent Search provides engaging STEM activities for middle school and high school students. Opportunities include hands-on science activities, exposure to careers in technology and engineering, and applying mathematics in everyday life. Introducing students to STEM opportunities enhances their interest in these subjects and encourages them to take courses in these areas at the high school level and beyond.

Examples of the various STEM activities:

• Field trips to STEM businesses
• Science City activities
• Visits to research and science labs on university campuses
• Explore science and technology museums


Family Programming

KU TRIO Talent Search works with families to help them understand the value of college and how to prepare their children for college. Monthly workshops equip families with the tools to help their children become more successful in middle and high school and prepare for postsecondary education.

Workshops are offered throughout the year in English and Spanish and are open to all participants and their families. Topics include financial aid processes, financial literacy, college preparation, and the importance of rigorous study. Contact the KU TRIO Talent Search office for more information and a schedule of upcoming family workshops and events.