Program Description

Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded program for eligible 6th-12th grade students at no cost.

Educational Talent Search provides academic support, career advisement, and financial aid counseling to eligible middle and high school students. ETS also encourages students to successfully complete each grade level, graduate from high school, and enroll into college. Educational Talent Search serves students at 5 CMS middle and 5 high schools.

Schools Served

Albemarle Road MS         East Mecklenburg HS

Eastway MS                         Garinger HS

McClintock MS                   Independence HS

Piedmont MS                      North Mecklenburg

Sedgefield MS                     Vance HS

  • Student & parent workshops
  • College campus tours
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College & career awareness, exploration, and planning
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Self-awareness activities
  • Assistance in preparing for SAT & ACT
  • Special activities for middle school students
  • Community service projects
  • Afterschool tutorials
  • Assistance with course selection
  • Assistance with College Applications
  • Summer Camp


Educational Talent Search seeks students who:

  • Display motivation to succeed in middle and graduate high school
  • Demonstrate the potential to enroll into college.

Students are selected based on the following eligibility requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Students in grades 6—12
  • 11 years old or older
  • First-generation college student (neither parent has received a 4-year college degree)
  • Meets federal income guidelines
  • S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Needs assistance to ensure graduation from high school
  • Enrolled in one of AICC ETS’s targeted CMS middle or high school (See Top Middle Section)


As a participant of Educational Talent Search, it is expected that students have a strong desire to work hard academically, graduate from high school, and enroll into college and earn a degree.

Students are expected to actively participate by:

  • Maintaining weekly contact with your ETS program counselor at your school
  • Attending at least 5 scheduled activities provided by the program during each school year
  • Meeting with your school counselor about grades, classes, and future plans
  • Creating a CFNC (College Foundation of North Carolina) account
  • Participating through high school graduation and receive a college degree.

Please remember that planning for your Future Starts Now! Use your time wisely, ask for help when needed, and use the programs and resources available at your school and within your community that will allow you to gain knowledge and prepare for a successful future.