Academic Achievement Programs

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded TRiO program which prepares 6th - 12th grade students in Akron area schools and adults for postsecondary education. 

Program Objectives:

  1. To identify, enroll and serve 921 eligible participants each program year. Two-thirds will be low-income and potential first generation college students.
  2. Secondary School Persistence: 90% of non-senior participants served each project year will complete the current academic year and continue in school for the next academic year, at the next grade level.
  3. Secondary School Graduation (regular secondary school diploma): 85% of seniors served during the project year will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma, within the standard number of years.
  4. Secondary School Graduation (rigorous secondary school program): 85% of seniors served during the project year will complete a rigorous secondary school program of study and will graduate during the project year with a regular secondary school diploma within the standard number of years.
  5. Postsecondary Education Enrollment: 60% of participants, who have graduated with a regular secondary school diploma, during the project year, will enroll in an institution of higher education by the fall semester immediately following high school graduation or will have received notification, by the fall semester immediately following high school, from an institution of higher education, of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic semester (e.g., spring semester).
  6. Postsecondary Degree Attainment: 35% of participants served during the project year, who enrolled in an institution of higher education, by the fall semester immediately following high school graduation or by the next academic semester (e.g., spring semester) as a result of acceptance but deferred enrollment, will complete a program of postsecondary education within six years.

Services:

  • monthly in-school workshops
  •  weekly office hours in the high schools
  •  after-school tutoring
  • ACT/SAT preparation and fee waivers
  • study skills and test-taking skills
  • educational/cultural field trips
  • college preparatory curriculum advising
  • college selection assistance
  • college tours
  • financial aid planning assistance
  • scholarship applications
  • college appplication fee waivers

Requirements:

  • Must be in 6th - 11th grade in an Akron area school or an adult interested in pursuing postsecondary education.
  • Must have a minimum of a 2.3 grade point average.
  • Must meet federal income guidelines and/or be potential first generation college students.

Applications:

  • Download the application 
  • Call ETS at 330-972-5771
  • Contact school counselor

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The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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