Talent Search & Mentor Program

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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: Tuesdays & Thursdays


Parrish Middle School:

TRiO Mentors from NSHS during 6th period every weekday, except Tuesdays

After-school Tutoring every Wednesday


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


Waldo Middle School: every other Wednesday (5th or 6th periods)

TRiO Mentors from McKay at PM school Tuesdays and Thursdays


North Salem High School: CG121 TRiO mentoring class (college credit) on Tuesdays with mentoring labs at Parrish (Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri)


McKay High School: CG121 TRiO Mentoring class (Mon-Fri)

TRiO After-school meetings every Wednesday in room 113

AVID ACT Test Preparation (Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-6PM 4/1-6/5)


Santiam High School: Wednesdays during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods



11/4/13 McKay Scholarship Writing Workshop

11/4/13 McKay College Night (Financial Aid 101/ Scholarships)

11/15/13 McKay TRiO/AVID senior Portland State University & Concordia University visits

11/20/13 McKay TRiO/AVID junior Oregon State University & Corban College visits

12/2/13 McKay College Night (FAFSA PIN)

12/12/13 Santiam High School Linn-Benton Community College career fair

1/13/14 McKay FAFSA completion night

2/1/14-5/30 McKay/Waldo Mentoring

2/19/14 Houck Middle School Oregon State University STEM trip

2/21/14 McKay High School Oregon Health Sciences University; Career Conference

2/24/14 McKay Future Freshman Night

2/26/14 Parrish Middle School Oregon State University STEM trip

3/18/14 McKay ACT pre-test assessment

3/3/14 McKay High College Night

4/1/14-6/12 McKay ACT prep class

5/14/14 TRiO Night at Houck Middle School (Click here to see the flyer for this event)

5/17/14 McKay ACT post-test assessment (Chemeketa building 9/111)

6/27/14 McKay Senior Banquet 6- 7:30

6/2/14 TRiO field trip to OSU for Santiam 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (Click for details)

6/3/14 North Salem HS TRiO Graduate's Dinner (5:30pm in Multicultural Center)

6/4/14 Houck Field trip to Evergreen Aviation and Space Musuem

6/4/14 Parrish Middle School TRiO Dinner 5:30- 7PM

6/4/14 Santiam TRiO Graduate's Dinner at Sierra's in Gates at 5pm

6/23 - 7/24 Santiam Jr./Sr. High School Summer Program

6/23 - 7/24 McKay Summer Transition

6/23 - 7/24 North Summer Transition


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 -

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 $236,886 annually.