Educational Talent Search Program

The Morehouse College Educational Talent Search Program assists youth with academic potential. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, participants must come from a family whose taxable income does not exceed the income level established by the department or be a first-generation student (i.e., neither parent graduated from college). The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and equips them with the tools and resources to graduate from high school and complete their postsecondary education. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed educational programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The program also serves military veterans.

Program Services
  • Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or postsecondary programs
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutorial services
  • Information on postsecondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions, scholarship, and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring programs
  • STEAM-related curriculum
  • Special activities for sixth, seventh and eighth graders
  • Workshops for the families of participants

You are eligible if you are a student between the ages of 11 and 27 who completed the fifth grade.

Attend one of the following high schools

  • Charles Drew High School (Clayton County)
  • Clarkston High School (DeKalb County)
  • Forest Park High School (Clayton County)
  • Greenville High School (Meriwether County)
  • Manchester High School (Meriwether County)
  • North Clayton High School (Clayton County)
  • Riverdale High School (Clayton County)
  • Tri-Cities High School  (Fulton County)

Attend one of the following middle schools

  • Greenville Middle School (Meriwether County)
  • Manchester Middle School (Meriwether County)
  • North Clayton Middle School (Clayton County)
  • Riverdale Middle School (Clayton County)

Additional requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
  • Be at least eleven years of age and in sixth through 12th grades
  • Be low-income, potential first-generation college graduate (neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree)
  • Attend one of the target middle or high schools
  • Commit to remain in the program until high school graduation
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Need academic support

Applications available: Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline: Aug. 31, 2021

Apply now

Academic Year Activities

Throughout the school year, Talent Search advisors offer workshops on topics such as study skills and test-taking strategiesgoal setting and achievement, the college admissions process, as well as financial literacystudent financial aid, and scholarship assistance.

The students also receive SAT/ACT preparation from program staff and volunteers at the target schools. Additionally, college tours and various other activities are offered to expose students to valuable cultural, educational, and career-focused information.


Ralph Coates, Program Manager
(470) 639-0436

Ciara Carr, Program Assistant/Data Specialist
(470) 639-0768

Victoria Johnson-Burton, Special Projects Assistant
(470) 639-0245

Brandon Covington, Program Assistant I
(470) 639-0708

William Jenkins, Program Assistant II
(470) 639-0585

Jenetta Grace-Butler, Administrative Assistant
(470) 639-0577

Jada Ratliff, Academic Advisor