About Our Program

The University of Pennsylvania’s Educational Talent Search Program is a federally funded TRIO program designed to help first-generation students from modest income families successfully complete high school and enroll in postsecondary school. Educational Talent Search provides approximately 600 students in grades 6-12 from three middle schools and six high schools throughout Philadelphia with support services that promotes the academic and personal development necessary for entry into and success in postsecondary school.

The program offers a full range of activities and interventions designed to reduce the gap in college access, including counseling and workshops on goal setting, decision-making, career exploration, academic planning, college selection, scholarship searches, personal finance, and financial aid. Students also gain exposure to college culture by visiting local colleges and universities, as well as collaborating with University of Pennsylvania students and staff.  Educational Talent Search is administered under the Vice Provost for Student Engagement, focusing on pipeline and college preparatory programs for high school students in Philadelphia.

The University of Pennsylvania Educational Talent Search Program aims to promote 21st century college and career readiness skills in order to prepare secondary and post secondary students with the ability to cultivate time management, personal organizational, and interpersonal communication skills required to compete in a rapidly changing, globalized market. The Talent Search Program maximizes the potential of students by providing them with opportunities to participate and achieve success in an array of creative and innovative programs. The Talent Search Program will redefine the way students prepare for college and careers by providing students with an engaging experience in a hybrid learning environment.     

Target Schools:

John Bartram High School
Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School
Thomas A. Edison High School
Jules E. Mastbaum High School
Parkway West High School
The Workshop School

John F. Hartranft School
Robert E. Lamberton Elementary School
Middle Years Alternative