Office of Minority Student Affairs | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
TRiO Academic Talent Search College Prep Program
The UIUC TRIO Academic Talent Search College Prep Program (Talent Search) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and has been in existence on the campus since September 1, 2011. Talent Search is designed to create and sustain a college-going culture for its target schools and target areas and to improve parents’ capacity to prepare their child/children for college.Talent Search identifies and assists eligible individuals from the cities of Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Rantoul, and Urbana who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
We envision community and family partnerships that create and sustain an academic culture where all college prep participants are college-ready and fully prepared to enroll in top-ranked national colleges and universities and graduating from those institutions in 4-5 years.
On behalf of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U.S. Department of Education, to fulfill this vision, program leadership will facilitate partnerships with target schools and families and community, faith-based, veteran, and other agencies that share the college prep vision and mission.
The mission of the program is to help participants graduate from high school, enroll in college the fall after graduating high school or completing an equivalent program (e.g., GED), and complete their postsecondary education.
Services are designed to:
Specific services include, for example:
Veterans may be eligible to receive services and are encouraged to apply.
JW Eater Middle
Stephen Decatur Middle
Thomas Jefferson High
Applications are accepted year-round and participants are selected without regard to race/ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political beliefs, veteran status, or other personal characteristics. Completed application packets will be considered and must include:
Application package for parent and child participation (17 and under)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
TRIO Academic Talent Search College Prep Program
610 E. John Street Suite 130
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone (217) 333-0054
Fax (217) 244-0349