Educational Talent Search helps low-income, first-generation students college-ready by providing resources as early as middle school.
The inception of Talent Search was a continuation of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. It came into effect with the enactment of the Higher Education Act of 1965, established with the goal of seeing that “no American talent is wasted”. As a national college access program it gives low-income, first-generation students and their families information about college admissions and resources as early as middle school, and helps students to become college-ready.







Nationwide, the program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program also 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. Other services include publicizing the availability of financial aid and assisting participants with the postsecondary application process.

In 1967, the initiative was funded with 45 pilot programs and 50,000 students participated. Since 1965, more than 11 million students have participated. Currently, 466 projects serve about 363,000 students. According to the more recent data collected by the Department of Education, 79% of Talent Search participants were admitted to postsecondary institutions.

The Educational Talent Search project out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves +922 students from eight Lincoln Public Schools; five of which are middle schools and the rest high schools. These are the five middle schools we target: Culler, Dawes, Lefler, Mickle, and Park, and these are the three high schools we cater: Lincoln High, North Star, and Northeast

The year 2015 marked a milestone, as it was 50 years ago Talent Search was chartered with the goal of helping students translate their potential to talent.

Through it all, this mission of ours has been a constant and our work a progress.