Educational Talent Search is a federally funded TRIO program derived from the Higher Education Act of 1965 that seeks to assist low-income, first generation students attain their goal of post-secondary education. Florida International University has been a host institution for Educational Talent Search since 2002 and serves the students of Miami-Dade County.

The Florida International University Educational Talent Search Program is designed for middle and high school students with academic potential who are interested in reaching their academic and career goals. The program provides on-going academic preparation, counseling, and enrichment activities. Students may participate in the program from the time they are enrolled in the fall of their sixth grade until they enter their first year of college.


The mission of Educational Talent Search is to provide students with a blueprint to attain post-secondary education through academic support, personal enrichment, and college & career exploration.


To become the nation’s premier TRiO program, by providing member schools, students, and parents comprehensive resources that will maximize student’s potential for success in academia.