Educational Talent Search - Portland

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 retention program sponsored by Portland State University, which serves over 685 young people in grades six through twelve in the Portland School District. 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: 

    Portland High Schools

    5210 N Kerby Ave 
    Portland, OR 97217

    Fax: (503) 916-2698 


    5405 SE Woodward
    Portland, OR 97206



    735 NE 82nd Ave.
    Portland, OR 97220
    Fax: 503-916-2702


    6941 N. Central
    Portland, OR 97203
    Fax: 503-916-2704


    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.