Talent Search


The Educational Talent Search (ETS) at Southern University at Shreveport provides free college, career, and financial aid information to over 800 middle school and high school students each year. ETS identifies and selects students who demonstrate the potential for postsecondary enrollment and provides them with the motivation and support to enroll in a program of postsecondary education (college, university, technical or vocational school) after high school graduation.

How Does ETS Work?

Educational Talent Search encourages and prepares students for postsecondary enrollment by providing assigned students in grades 6-12 with the following services and activities through group workshops and individual appointments held at designated target schools:

  • Academic Advisement
  • College Awareness Activities
  • Career Exploration Activities
  • Financial Aid Awareness Activities
  • Scholarship Information
  • College & Career Field Trips
  • Individual Assistance with College Admissions, Scholarship Applications & Financial Aid Forms
  • Afterschool tutoring service to selected middle schools
  • Access to FREE online tutoring software

Who Can Join ETS?

In order to be eligible for selection as ETS participants, students must meet the following criterion:

  • Be a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien;
  • Be at least 11 years of age and in grades 6-12;
  • Qualify as Low Income and/or Potential First Generation College Graduate (neither parent has received a 4-year degree);
  • Commit to remain in the ETS until HS graduation;
  • Demonstrate Potential for Postsecondary Enrollment as defined by:
    • Expressing a desire to go to college;
    • Maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher;
    • Exhibiting good citizenship and leadership skills.