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Educational Talent Search - A Federally Funded TRIO Program

Pensacola State College Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) has been serving low income, potential first generation college-bound, 6th-12th grade students since 1985. The program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve 700 students in Escambia and Santa Rosa County public schools each year.

Participating Schools

  1. Middle
  2. Avalon
  3. Bellview
  4. Brown Barge
  5. Ferry Pass
  6. Hobbs
  7. King
  8. Ransom
  9. Warrington
  10. Woodham
  11. Workman
  1. High
  2. Escambia
  3. Milton
  4. Navarre
  5. Pace
  6. Pensacola
  7. Pine Forest
  8. Tate
  9. Washington


Academically focused program for students who have academic potential to graduate from high school and pursue education or training beyond graduation.

  • Will help prepare students to achieve their educational goals
  • Participation in program sponsored activities is required
  • ETS Program free services:
    • Academic Counseling
    • Educational Guidance
    • Career Exploration / Awareness
    • Free Tutoring
    • Motivational / Informational Group Sessions
    • SAT / ACT Test Preparation Workshops
    • ACT / SAT Test Waivers
    • College Visits / Information
    • College Application / Enrollment Assistance
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application Assistance
    • Scholarships
    • Summer Camp Enrichment Activities

Tutor Services

Call 484-1620 to schedule an appointment for tutoring

Pensacola Tutor Lab
Monday-Thursday 4:30-7:30 PM
PSC Main Campus
Building 6 Room 684

Milton Tutor Lab
Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 PM
PSC Milton campus
Building 4400 Room 4413

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must have potential to pursue a postsecondary program of study
  • Must maintain a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher
  • Must demonstrate a need for the program
  • Must participate in specialists’ carefully planned lessons & program activities
  • Must attend a participating school (see home page)

How to Apply

  • Check with your child’s school guidance office for a program application
  • Call the ETS office at 484-1620 for an application


Student participation in the ETS program requires both student and parent involvement, as listed below. All financial information is CONFIDENTIAL and, unless specifically authorized by you, no one other than TRIO ETS professional staff will have access to this information.

Parental involvement:
  • Family Information form completed and signed
  • Parental consent form(s) completed and signed
  • Verification of family income: a) last year’s income tax 1040 form, b) proof of untaxed income (AFDC, Social Security)
  • Participate in ETS sponsored family workshops
Student involvement:
  • Maintain high academic standards
  • Meet regularly with assigned student services (ETS) counselor
  • Participate in weekly planned activities
  • MUST complete and submit college applications upon reaching 12th grade
  • MUST provide copies of college acceptance letters to the ETS counselor during student’s senior year
  • MUST meet with an ETS counselor to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or provide ETS counselor with proof of submission of the FAFSA during the student’s senior year
  • Will enroll in a 2 - 4 year college/university, or a vocational or specialized training program after high school graduation

How the Program Works

  • High school specialists meet with their students individually and/or in small groups, for 15 – 20 minutes, a minimum of 4 times, before the end of the school year.
  • The middle school specialist meets students 2 times a month, in 15 – 20 minute sessions.
  • All lessons are designed to help students successfully transition from high school to college and focus on:
    • Time management
    • Goal setting
    • Self esteem
    • College information and awareness
    • Career planning / options
    • Study skills
    • Test taking strategies
  • School specialists meet with high school seniors and assist families and students with the financial aid process for college.


Lynne Butcher Middle School Student Services Specialist lbutcher@pensacolastate.edu
Marcy Matthews-Bethea High School Student Services Specialist mmatthews-bethea@pensacolastate.edu
Emily Bielamowicz High School Student Services Specialist ebielamowicz@pensacolastate.edu
Catherine Salisbury Administrative Assistant csalisbury@pensacolastate.edu
Linda Sheppard Program Director lsheppard@pensacolastate.edu

Upcoming Events 2013 / 2014

September 17, 2013 Orientation-New and Returning Students & Families, Bldg. 6 Lobby / 5:30 pm
September 25, 2013 Orientation-New and Returning Students & Families, Bldg 6-Lobby / 5:30 pm
September 27, 2013 ACT Registration Deadline – Register On-Line
October 21, 2013 ACT Prep English, Reading & Writing Workshop, Bldg. 4 / Rm 442 / 5:00 pm
October 23, 2013 ACT Prep Math & Science Workshop, Bldg. 4 / Rm 442 / 5:00 pm
October 26, 2013 Saturday, ACT Test Administration (at the location you registered for)
November 14, 2013 Workshop "Paying for College - Where's the Money" and "College Admission - Be First in Line"
November 28-29, 2013 Thanksgiving Holiday – Tutor Lab Closed
December 13 - January 1, 2014 Tutor Lab Closed
December 18 - January 1, 2014 Winter Break
January 2, 2014 Tutor Lab Open
January 20, 2014 MLK Holiday - College Closed
January 27, 2014 ACT Math / Science Prep Workshop
January 29, 2014 ACT English/Writing/Reading Prep Workshop
February 20, 2014 Workshop: Completing the FAFSA
March 2014 Middle School Field Trip
April 2014 High School College Tour
April 2014 Filing the FAFSA – Free Money for College
June 24-26, 2014 Summer Camp & Field Trip
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