Educational Talent Search

The Educational Talent Search program at Marquette University (METS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of increasing the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. The METS program works with students in grades 6th through the 12th. METS also encourages individuals who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. 

Typically, METS students are first-generation potential college students (neither parent received a four year college degree) with limited income, and a strong desire to attend college. Our participants receive a wide range of free services and participate in scholastic, cultural and enrichment activities. 

METS advisors provide services to TRIO students at various target schools within the Milwaukee County. Staff members work collaboratively with the school administrators, counselors, teachers, parents and community organizations throughout the school year.


Educational Talent Search Applications

Our Mission

The mission of the Marquette Educational Talent Search Program is to identify disadvantaged youth with potential for post-secondary education, encourage them to continue in and graduate from secondary schools and to enroll in postsecondary education programs. In addition, Marquette educational Talent Search encourages high school dropouts to return to school. 

METS seeks to use evidenced-based, innovative practices to give project participants the resources, supports, and pathways to success into, though, and beyond a postsecondary degree. Specifically, METS seeks to engage participants in rigorous course of secondary education, support their success in such a rigorous course of study, help them to smoothly transition into a postsecondary program, and be successful in attaining a postsecondary degree. 

First, we seek to increase persistence in and graduation from a high school with a rigorous curriculum for all project participants. Second, we aim to increase participants ability to apply for admission and be admitted to postsecondary institution. Finally, we will increase participants likelihood to persist in and graduate from college. 

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for the Educational Talent Search program if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen
  • You are in a grade level of 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
  • Family household income meets METS guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education (Contact the EOP METS office for more information 414-288-7593)
  • You are a student at one of the METS Target Schools
  • You are a potential first-generation college student (neither parent whether natural or adoptive or legal guardian has received a bachelor's degree)

 Educational Talent Search Services

 What services are offered?

  • Academic advice and assistance in secondary school workshops:
  • Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid/scholarship applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations:
  • Career Exploration Program to connect academic preparation with a career match:
  • EmpowerU - Psychoeducation groups deigned to increase students hope and motivation by reassessing their priorities and focusing on effective ways to attain success
  • Exposure to college campuses, as well as to cultural events, academic programs and other sites and activities not usually available to disadvantaged youths.
  • Guidance on secondary school re-entry or entry into programs that lead to a secondary school diploma or its equivalent:
  • Mentoring at target school to support students' academic and non-cognitive development 
  • Tutorial services available 

 What are the benefits?

  • ACT Preparation 
  • Developing Positive Self-Esteem
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial AId
  • Study Skills
  • Improving Memory
  • Assistance in Secondary School Course Selection
  • Managing Time
  • Note Taking & Listening Skills
  • Reading & Outlining College Textbooks
  • Test - Taking Skills
  • College Admission
  • Writing Short Essays & Reports 

Target Schools

  • Middle Schools
    • Central City Cyberschool
    • Hi-Mount Community School 
    High Schools
    • Hamilton
    • Cyber High School 
    • Marshall
    • Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy
    • North Division
    • Vincent