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The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. They are administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Their existence is owed to the passing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.[1]
Talent Search (TS) identifies junior high and high school students who might benefit from intervention strategies meant to increase the chances of the student pursuing a college education. There are currently more than 475 TS programs in the U.S. serving more than 389,000 students.[8] At least two-thirds of the students in each local TS program must be from low-income economic backgrounds and from families where parents do not have a bachelor’s degree. (source:

The College Dreams TRiO Talent Search Program started serving middle school and high school students in Grants Pass and Josephine County in the Fall of 2011.  We provide the same services as the regular College Dreams program, but with a focus on students who are from low-income families, who will become the first college graduates in their families, and who are academically on track for college

We provide:

  • A College Preparation Specialist to promote academic excellence and college readiness as well as provide mentoring, skill-building, and counseling

  • College Tours to both public and private Oregon colleges and Universities

  • College awareness and readiness activities

  • Career awareness and experience opportunities

  • Support for access to special camps and pre-college programs

  • Scholarships (starting in 6th grade)

  • Recreational outings

  • Financial education

  • Tutoring

  • Incentives for good grades

  • Community service opportunities

  • Support with financial aid, college applications, and scholarship applications

  • …and more!!