MSSU Talent Search Program Refunded for Five Years

July 14, 2011
CONTACT: James Kimbrough
Talent Search Director
trioJOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The Talent Search program at Missouri Southern State University has been refunded by the U.S. Department of Education. 
The multi-year grant will provide $230,000 each year for the next five years.
The program will provide financial, academic, career, and personal counseling as well as tutorial services and workshops for 550 area students and their families located in the Joplin, Carl Junction, Webb City, Carthage, Sarcoxie and Riverton school districts.
These programs and services are designed to show students and their families the importance of achieving a post-secondary education while providing the tools necessary to succeed in high school.
The program is aimed at students between 6th and 12th grades who either will be the first in their families to attend college or who come from lower income backgrounds.
"This program serves those students and families with substantial needs," says James Kimbrough, Talent Search Director. "The services provided by the Talent Search Program are designed to remove roadblocks to a post-secondary education," he adds.
The Talent Search program is one of three TRiO programs, including Upward Bound and Project STAY, at MSSU.
The programs are 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.