Talent Search & Mentor Program

We are an educational program designed to assist middle and high school students who are first-generation college bound, from low-income families, and who have the potential to succeed in higher education. We provide you with academic, career, social, and cultural opportunities. Our goal is to increase the number of youth who graduate from high school and enroll in a post-secondary institution.

Activity Schedule

Houck Middle School: AVID collaboration on Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting October 6)

Parrish Middle School: AVID collaboration Mondays and Wednesdays

Stephens Middle School: every other Monday (5th or 6th periods)

Waldo Middle School: Wednesday afternoons

North Salem High School: Tuesdays after-school room 110 (2:20-3:30PM)

McKay High School: TRiO Student Leadership and Mentoring class (taught by James Webber and Susan McCaffrey)

Santiam High School: Thursday afternoons


Upcoming Events

September 24: Stanford University admissions presentation in Portland

November 14: Oregon State University Beaver Open House

May 26: TRiO Senior Celebration



What services do we provide?

  • Visits to college campuses
  • Career and vocational exploration
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College prep workshops (college applications, financial aid, scholarships assistance)
  • After-school and summer activities
  • Family events and activities
  • Referrals to support services and community resources
  • Some students will meet with a college mentor

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible if you are a student at –

Houck Middle School Parrish Middle School
Stephens Middle School Waldo Middle School
McKay High School North Salem High School
Santiam High School Santiam Elementary – 6th grade only

and you meet these requirements -

  • you aspire to attend college
  • your parent(s) or legal guardian have not received a 4-year college degree
  • your family income meets federal income eligibility requirements

How do I get more information?

Visit our College Access Programs' resource page for links and our application.

We look forward to talking with you. For more information and an application, contact Susan McCaffrey at 503.589.7620.

The TRiO Talent Search program is 100% federally funded at $249,959 annually.