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Posted by Hazel Scott / ASU

Alabama State University received a federal grant of $ 404,413 for a five-year period totaling $ 2,022,065 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program.

The ETS program Encourages youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to graduate from high school and enroll in a post-secondary education institution of their choice.

ASU’s talent scouting program has 729 eligible participants in four counties: Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes, and Autauga.

“ASU’s Talent Search program has been privileged to support students in the river region for approximately 30 years and we look forward to continuing to provide services, especially during this critical time and the effects of Covid-19. Students need additional support to advance academically, ”said Dr. Acquanetta M. Pinkard, director of the ASU TRIO program. “These resources will allow us to continue to exert influence and build lasting relationships in the community.”

The ETS program, in collaboration with school counselors and teachers, identifies and recruits middle and high school students for the program.

“Among other admission criteria, prospective students should have an interest in post-secondary education,” she said. “The program consists not only of middle and high school students, but also of general educational development (GED) and dropouts.”

Talent Search’s services include study, career and financial advice as well as support with the post-secondary application process.