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U.S. Department of Education: Talent Search Program

Deadline: February 5, 2016

The purpose of the Talent Search Program is to identify qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education. Talent Search projects publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education, and encourage persons who have not completed programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete these programs.

For the current competition, there are two Competitive Preference Priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1(a), up to 1 additional point: The U.S. Department of Education will award a competitive preference to projects designed to provide academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects. The Department is interested in receiving applications with strong plans to provide effective tutoring programs for students to increase the likelihood that they complete high school and enroll in a postsecondary institution.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2(a), up to 1 additional point: The Department encourages applicants to propose strategies focused on developing mentoring programs. The Department is interested in receiving applications with strong plans to provide effective mentoring to students to increase the likelihood that they complete high school and enroll in a postsecondary institution.

In addition, applicants are eligible for competitive preference under Competitive Preference Priority 1(b) and 2(b) by citing research studies that support their proposed tutoring or mentoring strategies. Applicants must address part (a) of each priority to be considered for the points available in part (b) of each priority. Depending on methodological rigor, applicants may be eligible for up to 2 additional points.

Amount: Approximately $134,662,000 is available for awards ranging from $230,000-$681,210.

For an applicant that is not currently receiving a Talent Search Program grant, the maximum award amount is $230,000 for a project that will serve a minimum of 500 participants, based upon a per-participant cost of no more than $460. For an applicant that is currently receiving a Talent Search Program grant, the maximum award amount is the greater of (a) $230,000 or (b) 100 percent of the applicant’s base award amount for FY 2015. The minimum number of participants an applicant proposes to serve must be 500 and the project must propose a per-participant cost that does not exceed $460 per participant. For example, an applicant that is eligible for a $460,000 grant, must propose to serve at least 1,000 participants.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education, public and private agencies, and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and secondary schools, for planning, developing, or carrying out one or more of the services identified under this program.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triotalent/applicant.html

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