Services & Eligibility


Project services include:

  • Academic and career advising
  • Assistance completing admissions and financial aid applications
  • Scholarship information
  • Fee waivers for college admission applications, SAT, and GED tests (must be income-eligible)
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • College visits and campus tours, cultural field trips
  • Referrals to other agencies/programs
  • Tutoring referral
  • Referrals to GED completion programs
  • Referral to financial literacy programs
  • College prep awareness activities

TRIO Educational Talent Search can serve persons in Kent and Ottawa counties who:

  1. Are low-income and/or first-generation college students (custodial parent[s] did not graduate from a 4-year college or university)
  2. Are interested in attending or returning to a 4-year college or university
  3. Are in target schools (priority given)
  4. Are U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status
  5. Have completed the 5th grade or at least 11 years of age
  6. Have college potential (2.0 GPA or other assessment tool) -- Grade reports, test scores, attendance records, or counselor recommendations may be requested.

Application Process:

  1. Ask a TRIO ETS advisor or the TRIO ETS office for an application.
  2. Return a completed application to your TRIO ETS advisor, your school office, or the TRIO  ETS office.
  3. You will be contacted by your TRIO ETS advisor or receive a letter in the mail regarding your status. If you have completed your application and do not know your status, please call our office at 331-7110.
  4. Students at target schools who are low-income and first generation in grades 6th-12th are given first priority for entrance into the program. Others will be considered if the program is not filled to capacity.

Target Schools Include:

  • Burton Middle School
  • Riverside Middle School
  • Westwood Middle School
  • Innovation Central High School
  • Ottawa Hills High School
  • Union High School
  • Wyoming High School

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510 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495

Phone (616) 331-7110; Fax (616) 331-7115