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A program that identifies and assists individuals 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 and continue on to the postsecondary institution of their choice. ETS is one of eight Federal TRiO Programs funded by the US Department of Education. Some ETS Programs serve high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths who complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education institutions of their choice.




Mission Statement:

Educational Talent Search at Western Kentucky University engages qualified youth in grades eight through twelve in developmentally appropriate activities that will encourage persistence in high school, enrollment in postsecondary education and a lifelong pursuit of learning in order to be productive citizens of a global society.


Who is eligible?

Students must be enrolled in a middle or high school in one of the target schools served by ETS. WKU~ETS serves approximately 1,850 students in 13 counties including Allen, Barren, Butler, Caverna, Cumberland , Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russellville, Simpson, Warren School Districts along with Bowling Green City and Glasgow Independent Schools.  


What do students in ETS do?

Members of ETS meet in a group, or individually, with their Academic Coordinator once a month during the school year. Some of the topics that students in ETS learn about include:

* Character Development

* Study Skills

* Time Management

* Budgeting

* Career Exploration

* Pre-college Curriculum (classes to take in high school that prepare you for college)

* College Selection & Admissions

* ACT Preparation

* Financial Aid & Scholarships Workshops

* Special Events & Activities (college tours, summer activities, cultural events & academic teams)


Am I expected to attend Western Kentucky University?

No. Many of our students decide to attend WKU, but we do not recruit for the University. We encourage students to attend the college that best suits their needs and future plans.


How much does it cost to be in ETS?--NOTHING!!!!!!!

There is no cost to the student or the family for being in the Educational Talent Search program or participating in any ETS events.


Are you interested in WKU~ETS?

We're always happy to discuss our program with interested students, parents, teachers and/or schools!

Contact us:

Email: ets@wku.edu 

Call:  (270) 745-3757

Mail: 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11098, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1098;

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 Last Modified 5/14/20