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Welcome to TRiO Talent Search

MIssion Possible: Graduate!

TRiO Talent Search at the University of North Texas began on September 1, 1985. Each year the activities, enthusiasm and participation grows while the focus has remained the same: assist students with recognizing and developing their potential so that they can enroll in the postsecondary institution that is best for their needs.

Its ongoing mission is to encourage students in grades 6th through 12th to graduate from a secondary program and enter a post-secondary program of study. Students are selected for participation based on their need for the program, family income and parental educational attainment. We also work with and provide services to students in need of obtaining a general education diploma.  

Talent Search is one of six TRiO Programs housed under the Division of Student Affairs at the University of North Texas.

Who do we serve?

UNT TRiO Talent Search project personnel work with students attending selected schools in Denton and Cooke counties by rendering support and guidance through the following: secondary school academic success, postsecondary enrollment, financial aid support, career exploration, and personal development. Currently students have the option to participate in the program if they attend one of the following schools: Calhoun Middle, McMath Middle, Strickland Middle, Gainesville Middle, St. Mary's Catholic School, Denton High, Ryan High, and Gainesville High School.

For more information about TRiO Talent Search and the other TRiO programs, you may call 940-565-2090 or e-mail the Program Director, Beverly Maloney, at beverly.maloney@unt.edu.

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Why our program is effective:

Workers 18 and older with a bachelors degree earned an average of  $56,788 in 2006, while those with a high school diploma earned $31,071.

About 33 percent of young women 25 to 29 had a bachelors degree or more education in 2007, compared with 26 percent of their male counterparts, according to tabulations released January 10, 2008 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Among adults 25 and older, men remain slightly more likely than women to hold at least a bachelors degree (30 percent compared with 28 percent. However, as the percentage for women rose between 2006 and 2007 (from 27 percent), it remained statistically unchanged for men.

Adults with advanced degrees earn four times more than those with less than a high school diploma. Workers 18 and older with a masters, professional or doctoral degree earned an average of $82,320 in 2006, while those with less than a high school diploma earned $20,873.

In 2007, 86 percent of all adults 25 and older reported they had completed at least high school and 29 percent at least a bachelor's degree.

*This information was obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Learn more about TRiO:

Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the national headquarters for the federally funded TRiO programs

Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP), region organization

Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs (TASSSP), state organziation

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