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.


Grant funds Chemeketa's TRiO Talent Search through 2020

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
  • Access to useful resources for students, parents and mentos at School Shelf

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

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

Apply Now

TRiO Talent Search application

Advising and Tutoring Meetings

  • North Salem High School: Mondays and Tuesdays in Room 110 from 2:25 pm to 4 pm
  • McKay High School : Mondays and Tuesdays in Room 111 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Chemeketa in Building 3, Room 270 Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm to 4:30 pm

Activity Schedule

  • October 13: Oregon State University Preview Day
  • November 17: Portland State University Bridges
  • December 2: Scholarship Writing workshop at Chemeketa
Learn More

We look forward to talking with you. For more information, contact Lino Solomon at 503.580.0445.

The TRiO Talent Search program is 100% federally funded.