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CU Talent Search awarded $2.3 million in funding

August 13, 2021

Clarion University’s TRIO Talent Search has been awarded a five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education. Disbursed in annual installments of $463,217, the grant totals $2,316,085 and provides funding the program from September 2021 through August 2026.

Talent Search was first funded at Clarion in 1990. Nationally, the first Talent Search programs were authorized in 1965 under the Higher Education Act and the first projects began operation in 1967.

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals who most often are from backgrounds in which they are the first generation to pursue higher education and who have the potential to succeed. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from our area to complete high school and to enroll in and complete post-secondary education.

Comprehensive services provided through in-school and out-of-school components focus on study skills instruction, campus visits, SAT preparation, financial aid planning, FAFSA (financial aid) completion, career planning, cultural awareness, STEM opportunities, leadership programs and economic literacy. The program serves:

  • Students in grades six through 12;
  • High school graduates and adults interested in enrolling or re-enrolling in post-secondary education; and
  • High School dropouts

Each year, Talent Search serves 835 individuals age 12 and older. Clarion University Talent Search serves residents of Clarion, Jefferson and Venango counties, providing support in 10 local target school districts: Allegheny Clarion Valley, Brookville Area, Clarion-Limestone, Cranberry Area, Franklin Area, Keystone, North Clarion, Oil City Area, Redbank Valley and Union. The program works collaboratively with local schools, guidance offices and human service agencies.

Due to the federal funding and reporting requirements, a brief application is required. For information, to register for events or to learn more about the program, call 814-393-2071 or complete the form at


Last Updated 9/2/21