Talent Search

Talent Search Online Application
Talent Search Paper Application
Release Form

What is the Talent Search Program?

The Talent Search Program (TS) is a part of the Academic Foundations Center (AFC) at Rutgers-Newark and is funded through the United States Department of Education. The goal of Talent Search is to identify and assist individuals from underserved backgrounds within target areas, who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school, continue on to, and complete their postsecondary education. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education.

Five hundred students will be served from the following target schools:

Irvington School District
Irvington High School (Grades 9-12)
Union Avenue Middle School (Grades 6-8)
University Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Orange School District
Orange High School (Grades 9-12)
Orange Preparatory Academy (Grades 8-9)
Cleveland Street Middle School (Grades 6-7)
Lincoln Avenue Middle School (Grades 6-7)
Park Avenue Middle School (Grades 6-7)

How will the Talent Search Program help students graduate from high school and enroll/complete a college education?

The TS Program helps participants by providing the following:

  • Orientation, academic preparation, and activities (college tours, academic enrichment trips, etc.) will be provided to all grade levels
  • Workshops covering a variety of topics including but not limited to financial aid, the college application process, and HSPA/SAT preparation will be provided to all participants and their parents
  • Advisement and Counseling to ensure students are taking the rigorous courses required for college entry
  • TS staff will work closely with Irvington and Orange School Administrators to assist in monitoring participants grades and to ensure a strong partnership between the AFC’s Talent Search Program, the School Districts, students and parents

How can a student qualify for Talent Search Program?

In order to qualify for the TS Program, students must:

  • Be between the ages of 11-27 and have completed the fifth grade
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be in good academic standing, or in need of services.
  • Be a potential first-generation college student, that is, no parent(s) or guardian(s) has a four-year college degree from a college or university.
  • Attend one of the target schools (Irvington High School, Union Avenue Middle School, University Middle School, Orange High School, Cleveland Street Middle School, Orange Preparatory Academy, Lincoln Avenue Middle School, Park Avenue Middle School)
  • Be highly recommended by a teacher and/or school administrator
  • Have full support and participation of parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Participate in all required programs and activities
  • Agree to submit a completed application and meet the financial guidelines
  • Agree to submit all requested information and documents up to six years after high school graduation