Last week, 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 for the continuation of the TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program. The ETS program encourages youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete high school and enroll in a post-secondary educational institution of their choice.
ASU’s Talent Search program services 729 eligible participants in four counties: Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes and Autauga counties.
The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the post-secondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post-secondary level to enter or reenter and complete post-secondary education.
“The Talent Search program at ASU has had the privilege of serving students in the River Region for approximately 30 years, and we look forward to continuing to provide services, especially in this critical time and the effects of Covid-19. Students need additional support to advance academically," said Dr. Acquanetta M. Pinkard, director of ASU's TRIO program.
“These funds will allow us to continue to make an impact and forge lasting relationships in the community."
The ETS program identifies and recruits middle and high school students for the program in collaboration with school counselors and teachers.
“Along with other eligibility criteria, potential students should have an interest in pursuing a post-secondary education,” she said. “The program consists of not only middle and high school students but also General Education Development (GED) and dropout participants.”
The United States Department of Education announced the following awards, which total $4,160,558.00 for colleges in Alabama:
$1,101,938.00 to Northwest-Shoals Community College
$480,692.00 to Wallace State Community College-Hanceville
$388,881.00 to Central Alabama Community College
$748,914.00 to Bevill State Community College
$712,300.00 to Gadsden State Community College
$404,413.00 to Alabama State University
$323,420.00 to George C. Wallace Community College