About TRIO

TRIO Educational Talent Search

TRIO Educational Talent Search, a part of Grand Valley State University's College of Education, identifies and assists underrepresented individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education. TRIO Educational Talent Search provides academic, career, and financial counseling; tutoring and financial literacy referrals, and encourages their participants to graduate from high school and continue on to a post-secondary institution of their choice. TRIO Educational Talent Search also serves adults interested in returning to school by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete a post-secondary degree.


510 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495
Phone (616) 331-7110; Fax (616) 331-7115
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

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TRIO Educational Talent Search Mission

Providing talented students with college- and career-readiness opportunities, and assisting them in their path toward higher education.

History of TRIO Educational Talent Search

TRIO began with President Lyndon B. Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It was Johnson's Higher Education Act of 1965 that created TRIO Educational Talent Search, which has been a national institution for 50 years. Together, TRIO Upward Bound (1964), TRIO Educational Talent Search (1965) and TRIO Student Support Services (1968) are the three programs that create TRIO's namesake. Now, more than 2,700 TRIO Programs currently serve nearly 866,000 students. TRIO Educational Talent Search is the only TRIO program that serves middle and high school students.

Goals of TRIO Educational Talent Search

The ultimate goal of TRIO Educational Talent Search is to increase the representation of youths from underrepresented backgrounds in post-secondary educational institutions around the United States. Two-thirds of TRIO Educational Talent Search's students must be limited-income, first generation college students. It is not our goal to recruit students for Grand Valley State University, but to make sure that the students we serve attend a college that is right for them. With TRIO, students can make a difference in their lives, their communities, and in their education. 

You can find out more about TRIO Educational Talent Search here. You can find out more about the Federal TRIO Programs here.

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Page last modified November 17, 2017