The Saint Augustine’s College Educational Talent Search Project has been selected to receive funding from the federal Department of Education. The college’s Educational Talent Search Project will receive a $404,981 grant for the budget period of Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31, 2012. The program will be funded for five years.
The Educational Talent Search is one of the federal TRIO programs created by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his war on poverty. TRIO programs include Head Start, Upward Bound and Student Support Services, which is known as Academic Achievers at Saint Augustine’s College.
The goal of Educational Talent Search is to provide students with the information and the tools they need to apply for and enroll in higher education. Saint Augustine’s College’s program, which was established in 1970, serves low-income and first generation college students in Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Martin, Franklin, Vance, Warren and Northampton counties.
Ninety percent of the seniors who come through the program enroll in a two- or four-year college, or a trade school, said Antonio Stephens, director of the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs.
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