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Talent Search & Mentor Program

Providing academic, social, cultural and career exploration opportunities for eligible students at Houck, Parrish, Stephens and Waldo middle schools and McKay and North Salem high schools.

Talent Search Activities & Resources

  • All TS activities are being delivered remotely
  • Talent Search students have access to PhotoStudy tutoring where they can access a live tutoring 24/7
  • Open Office Hours on Mondays and Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:40pm
  • Please contact your TS advisors for links and passwords to tutoring, open office hours, workshops, and Magoosh ACT Prep

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be a student at Houck, Parrish, Stephens or Waldo middle school or McKay or North Salem high school
  • First-generation college-bound student (neither parent has a bachelors degree)
  • Students who meet federal low-income requirements


Talent Search Fall 2020 Activities and Events
Date Event Details 
March 25 TRiO Art workshop from Young at Art 
April 8 Reviewing Financial Aid Award Letters (for seniors) 
April 12 Connections College TRiO and other Support Programs (for seniors) 
April 20-21 FAFSA's Financial Aid Bootcamp (for seniors)
April 22 OMSI's Planets Tonight 
May 5 Oregon TRiO Association Student Leadership Conference 
May 20 OMSI's Starry Night Live 
June 14-18 TRiO National Student Leadership Congress


Talent Search Summer 2021 Activities
Date Event Details 
June 21-24 Virtual STEM Camp with the Hatfield Marine Science Center
June 28-Aug. 5 Summer classes
  • Math: High School Math, MTH095 and MTH111
  • ENG 100: Literature Appreciation with focus on Japanese literature and culture
  • Friday activities (art, cooking, yoga, and more)
Aug. 9-19 Nucleus Robotics Camp

Students will receive a Sphero robot delivered to their home and participate in online lessons and challenges in block coding and Java
Aug. 23 & 25 New Seniors Bootcamp

Workshops to help our Class of 2022 plan and prepare for senior year, college admissions, scholarships, etc.
Aug. 24 & 26 Getting Ready for High School

Workshops to help our current 8th graders prepare for high school


Other small group activities, campus visits, and events will be planned throughout the school year.

Talent Search is 100% federally funded at $301,784 annually.