The Talent Search Program at UC Berkeley (TS), one of the largest Educational Talent Search Projects currently funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Federal TRiO programs, joined UC Berkeley in 1997. With an annual budget of $681,210, TS primarily serves students in seven public high schools in Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts. The Talent Search Project is proud to now be serving three middle schools in West County and three middle schools in Oakland.
In 1969 a group of students attending the University of California, Berkeley conceived of a program of intensive motivational counseling and tutoring aimed at minority and education- ally disadvantaged high school students. In order to secure an operational base, the UC students approached a local non-profit com- munity service organization. The project was funded through private and public resources. The intent and focus of the program has grown tremendously since 1969.
Who is Eligible?
Middle School and High School students who attend a Target School. If a student does not attend a target school, they may contact our Berkeley office and speak with our Office Client Advisor for an application. The student must also be a US Citizen or permanent resident, and come from a first generation (Parent or Guardian has not graduated from a 4 year College), low income family. (2/3 of the students Talent Search services must be low-income, first generation.)