Minority Access' Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program


Awareness Component

The Awareness Component motivates and encourages 6th and 7th-grade participants to excel at a maximum academic level to ensure proper readiness for secondary school. Students begin to understand themselves concerning educational and career opportunities during this component. Participants in the Awareness Component automatically transition to the next level (Conceptualize Component) participation in ETS.

Conceptualization Component

The Conceptualization Component encourages students in 8th thru 10th grades to develop their self-awareness and shape who they are and what they want to do. The expectation is for students to move toward a complete understanding of what is needed to achieve post-secondary options. Students participate in various activities and services designed to minimize barriers to success. Conceptualization participants automatically transition to the next level (Application Component) of participation in ETS.

Application Component

11th and 12th-grade students apply skills they've learned during the Awareness and Conceptualization during the Application Component, the period when they begin to submit applications for post-secondary education and to funding sources to maximize their financial aid opportunities. Upon enrollment into the 12th grade, ETS helps students complete the college application, write the admission essay, develop a resume, and submit the FAFSA. ETS provides college application fee waivers and SAT/ACT fee waivers to qualified students.

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