Educational Talent Search

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program identifies and assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career and financial aid counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary school of their choice. ETS also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. Participants receive an assessment to identify needs as well as strengths and a “roadmap” or plan is constructed. The project staff monitors each student’s progress and tailors goals and objectives. As students advance towards high school graduation, the focus is centered on preparing them to apply, enroll and become successful in their postsecondary careers. Specific services provided by the program include:

- Career Advising – career interest assessment; personality tests; career exploration, choice and planning
- Educational Advising – individual education plans; pre-college curriculum information; assistance
with college search and selection
- Financial Aid Advising – information on grants, scholarships and loans; financial aid application
assistance; scholarship search and application assistance; financial aid workshops for families
- Student Activities – one-on-one academic and financial aid advising; SAT prep classes; College
Success Seminars (3-credit college class); tutoring; college visits
- Technology – summer program on podcasting; live on-line presentations by admissions staff of various
four-year college and universities; NSCC email account and linkage to Pipeline; NSCC’s
academic intranet

ETS applicants must be attending, or have recently attended school in Lynn, and must be at least eleven years of age. Applicants must have the potential to succeed in a postsecondary program. Applicants must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status, or be in the process of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. Program guidelines require that two-thirds of all participants meet federal income guidelines and come from first-generation college families (in which parents lack four-year degrees). Applicants must complete an application for participation, and parents must submit income information. For more information, contact 781-477-2114 or visit Kelly Scimone in the Lynn English Guidance Department (781-477-7361, x-3445, scimonek@lynnschools.org).

What is the FAFSA? Do I have to do a PROFILE? Are loans really part of financial aid? How to I get financial aid to pay for college? Lynn English’s TRIO Educational Talent Search Advisor, Kelly Scimone, can help seniors and their parents with questions and concerns about the financial aid process and the completion of financial aid applications. Kelly will be in the LEEP office in Guidance Mondays through Fridays. You can pick up an ETS application and set up a time to meet with her when she is at Lynn English. Your guidance counselor will also have ETS applications. TRIO ETS is a US Department of education grant that is available in Lynn high schools primarily because of the system’s large number of low-income families whose parents do not have Bachelor’s degrees.

Educational Talent Search College Field Trips – See Kelly Scimone in Guidance if interested in attending any of these trips. For a list of field trips, click 2013-2014 College Field Trips

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