Talent Search is a nationwide, federally funded educational program, authorized by the Higher Education and Opportunity Act (The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended), for middle and high school students. The Talent Search program at UMBC was initially funded in September 2016. The program “identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.”
UMBC’s Talent Search program serves students from Holabird Elementary Middle, Dundalk Middle and Dundalk High School.