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Purpose of Talent Search

The TRiO Talent Search Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing academic support services to students in middle and high school, who reside in Cumberland, Hoke, and Robeson counties. The purpose of TRiO Talent Search is to prepare students for college and increase chances of obtaining a bachelors degree. 

Services Provided
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Support Workshops
  • Mentoring
  • College Tours
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • STEM Track
  • Summer Camps (Students enrolled in Talent Search I are not allowed to switch to Talent Search II for the purpose of summer camps.)
    • Talent Search II is currently enrolling new students, you must be enrolled in the program to participate in summer camp.

Target Schools

Talent Search participants are in grades 6-12 and attend the following schools:

  • E.E. Smith High School (Talent Search I)
  • Douglas Byrd High School (Talent Search I)
  • Douglas Byrd Middle School (Talent Search I)
  • Hoke County High School (Talent Search I)
  • Red Springs High School (Talent Search II)
  • Southview High School (Talent Search II)
  • Seventy-First High School (Talent Search II)
  • Westover High School (Talent Search II)

Cost

There is no cost to students participating in the Talent Search program.

Eligibility Requirements:

Students accepted to the program receive free services and are expected to make a serious commitment to both post-secondary education and the Talent Search Program.  You should apply to the program and participate if:

  • You will be in at least the 6th grade (students in the 5th grade may apply for admission but will not be admitted until they receive their final 5th grade report card)
  • You attend one of the target high schools.
  • You are a potential first generation college students and/or students who receive free/reduced lunch. 
  • You plan on continuing your education after high school at a four-year college
  • You are willing to participate in all aspects of the Talent Search Program
  • Students are not allowed to switch from one Talent Search program to another unless initiated by Director of Talent Search)


How Can I Enroll in the Talent Search Program?

The Fayetteville State University Talent Search I Program is funded from 2016-2021 entirely from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $279,840 annually.
The Fayetteville State University Talent Search II Program is funded from 2016-2021 entirely from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $240,000 annually.

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Office of College Access Programs
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301

TRIO Talent Search I

Kendra Simon - Program Coordinator

Chick Building Room 216 D

Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (910) 672-1686

Fax: (910) 672-1854

Email: ets@uncfsu.edu 

TRIO Talent Search II

Nakia Walcott - Program Coordinator

Chick Building Room 120

Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (910) 672-1034

Fax: 910-672-1693

Email: talentsearch@uncfsu.edu 

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