Welcome

Pensacola State College’s TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) strives to increase the number of underrepresented youth who complete high school and then enroll in and complete postsecondary education.

The TRiO ETS program at Pensacola State has been in operation since 1985.  Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education to serve 700 students in Escambia and Santa Rosa County public schools each year.

Students in the 6th through 12th grades who meet eligibility requirements and attend a participating middle school or high school may apply.

Educational Talent Search provides numerous services to help students achieve success in middle and high school so they are better prepared for college.  Services are free but participation in ETS sponsored activities is required.

  • Academic counseling
  • Educational guidance
  • FREE Tutoring* in math, reading, writing and science 
  • Career exploration
  • SAT / ACT test preparation
  • SAT / ACT test fee waivers for students who qualify
  • College tours and postsecondary program information
  • College application and enrollment assistance
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and submission assistance (seniors are required to complete and submit the FAFSA)
  • Summer camp enrichment activities
  • Scheduled workshops addressing scholarship opportunities and additional financial aid resources

*Tutoring is available at the Tutor Labs on the Pensacola and Milton campuses:

Pensacola Tutor Lab

PSC Main Campus
Building 6, Room 684
Monday – Thursday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Milton Tutor Lab

PSC Milton Campus
Building 4400, Room 4413
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

How to Apply

Recruitment events are held at participating schools in the fall and spring of each year. Students and parents may request applications by contacting the Educational Talent Search office located on the Pensacola State College campus on College Blvd, Building 6, Room 675, or by calling (850) 484-1620.

Participating Schools

Middle Schools

  • Avalon
  • Bellview
  • Brown Barge
  • Ferry Pass
  • Hobbs
  • King
  • Ransom
  • Warrington
  • Woodham
  • Workman

High School

  • Escambia
  • Milton
  • Navarre
  • Pace
  • Pensacola
  • Pine Forest
  • Tate
  • Washington

Eligibility

Students must meet several criteria to participate in ETS program activities, school visits and workshops:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Potential to pursue a postsecondary program of study
  • Maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average
  • Demonstrate a need
  • Participate in ETS specialists’ planned lessons and program activities
  • Attend a participating school

Requirements For Participation

 

Student participation in the ETS program requires both student and parent involvement.

Parental involvement:

  • Complete and sign Family Information Form for Parents and any additional forms in full application requiring parents’ signatures
    • Provide proof of family income
      • Last year’s income tax return
      • Proof of untaxed income (SSI, Social Security, Worker’s Compensation, etc.)
  • Participate in ETS sponsored family workshops

Student involvement:

  • Maintain high academic standards
  • Middle school students meet with the Middle School Student Services Specialist twice a month for 15-20 minutes
  • High school students meet with the High School Student Services Specialist individually or in small groups a minimum of four times for 15-20 minutes during the school year
  • Participate in weekly planned activities which are designed to help students transition from high school to college
  • MANDATORY: Complete and submit college applications upon reaching 12th grade
  • MANDATORY: Provide copies of college acceptance letters to ETS counselor during senior year
  • MANDATORY: Meet with ETS counselor to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or provide ETS counselor with FAFSA proof of submission during senior year
  • Enroll in a 2-4 year college or university, or a vocational or certificate training program after high school graduation

Contact Us

TRiO Educational Talent Search is located on the Pensacola Main Campus in Building 6, Room 675.

Phone (850) 484-1620

Fax (850) 484-1650

Staff

 

Catherine Salisbury,  Administrative Assistant

csailsbury@pensacolastate.edu

 

Lynne Butcher, Middle School Student Services Specialist

lbutcher@pensacolastate.edu

 

Marcy Matthews-Bethea, High School Student Services Specialist

mmatthews-bethea@pensacolastate.edu

 

Christi McCarley,  High School Student Services Specialist

cmccarley@pensacolastate.edu

 

Linda Sheppard, Program Director

lsheppard@pensacolastate.edu