Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is one of MTC’s TRIO Programs federally funded by the US Department of Education designed to assist middle and high school students in reaching their academic potential.


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be at least 11 years of age and in grades 6 – 12
  • Attend a school served by the Educational Talent Search program in Fairfield or Lexington County
  • Commit to remain in the program through high school graduation
  • Demonstrate a desire to attend college


  • Individual assistance with:
    • College admissions
    • Scholarship applications
    • Financial aid forms
  • Cultural awareness
  • College and career field trips
  • Career/college exploration activities
  • Goal setting and/or self-esteem building

Apply to the TRIO Educational Talent Search
Download the Educational Talent Search Brochure
Educational Talent Search Interest Form

Enrollment Process

  1. Apply to TRIO Educational Talent Search.
  2. ETS will notify you if you are eligible, or can be considered for one of the non-eligible slots.
  3. “Instate interview” with the Educational Talent Search Staff.
  4. Educational Talent Search Staff will make a recommendation to the program Director, who will make the final admissions determination.

Students with Disabilities

Midlands Technical College will provide accommodations to ensure equal access and the opportunity to participate in the program for students with disabilities. Accommodations including but not limited to specialized transportation for field trips and assistive technology may be available upon request.

Please notify us at time of enrollment of any individual needs you may have. To ensure availability of services, students are requested to notify the ETS Staff of any disability accommodation needs at least 30 work days prior to a scheduled activity. The Midlands Technical College Disability Resource Center will maintain documentation on file of disabilities and assist in the determination of appropriate accommodations; however, the student is responsible for providing appropriate disability assessment documentation to MTC. Please contact the ETS Director with any questions at 803.822.3624.

Target Schools

MTC’s Educational Talent Search Program serves the middle schools and high schools listed below. If your school is not served, please call 803.822.3628 to find out if another TRIO program may be able to help you.

Fairfield County


Fairfield Middle Fairfield Central High
Lexington County


Batesburg-Leesville Middle Batesburg-Leesville High School
Busbee Creative Arts Academy Brookland Cayce High School
Francis Mack Intermediate Gilbert High School
Sandhills Middle Pelion High School
Airport High School Swansea High School

Fast Fact

Approximately 1/3 of college-bound high school graduates in the Midlands are served by MTC.

Contact Us

Educational Talent Search

(803) 822-3628

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