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Educational Talent Search - Hillsboro

Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance.

What is TRiO?

In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These Programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education are referred to as the TRiO Programs (initially just three programs). TRiO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a college access and r etention program sponsored by Portland State University, which serves over 300 young people in grades six through twelve in the Hillsboro School District High Schools: Glencoe, Hilhi, Century and Liberty and Middle School: Poynter and South Meadows. This early intervention program helps young people to better understand their educational opportunities and options.

About the program

The program mission is to identify, motivate, and assist students in their educational transitions into college. We primarily work with students who come from low-income families and/or will be the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education. We encourage students to stay in school and graduate, and to enroll in a community college, a four-year university, or a vocational/technical college.

Schools we serve

High Schools


2000 SE Century Blvd. Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-848-6500
FAX: 503-848-1825


2700 NW Glencoe Road Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone: 503-844-1900
FAX: 503-640-5604


3285 SE Rood Bridge Rd Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-844-1980

Liberty High School

21945 NW Wagon Way Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone: 503-844-1250
FAX: 503-848-5851


Middle Schools

J.W. Poynter

1535 NE Grant Street
Hillsboro, OR 97124-3421
Phone: 503-844-1580
FAX: 503-640-8965

South Meadows

4690 SE Davis Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-844-1220
FAX: 503-640-1221

Talent Search Services

This program provides the following personalized services and supportive educational opportunities:

  • Advice about academic, career, and vocational opportunities.
  • Exposure to career opportunities, college campuses, & academic summer programs.
  • Weekend high school credit courses and workshops
  • Assistance with ACT/SAT preparation and registration.
  • Guidance with college admissions and financial aid applications.
  • Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents.


A student who is attending our target high schools or middle schools

  • Is at least 11 years old and in the sixth grade.
  • Maintains a 2.50 GPA in Middle School and a 2.75 GPA in High School
  • Qualifies within the income eligibility requirements.
  • Parents or legal guardian did not graduate from a four-year college.
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents.

    TRiO Talent Search Hillsboro