Educational Talent Search Program


Program Description

The Morehouse College Educational Talent Search Program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education and is designed to assist youth with academic potential.  Participants must come from a family whose taxable income does not exceed the income level established by the U. S. Department of Education and/or first generation families (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 continue on to 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. 

Services provided by the program include:

  • 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

Morehouse football player volunteering as academic tutors


You are Eligible If YOU are a STUDENT! (Between the ages of 11 and 27 and have 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-twelfth 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: September 1, 2020
Deadline for transmitting applications: August 31, 2021

Please click here for 2020-2021 Application


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

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


Talent Search sponsors a Robotic Academy at North Clayton Middle School, designed to motivate and encourage program participants to develop an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  The robotics team competes in state, regional and national competitions sponsored by Georgia Institute of Technology and Mobile Oil Corporation.

North Clayton Middle School Summer Robotics Academy



Marshall Troup, Associate Director

J’Mia Byrd, Program Coordinator

Brandon Covington, Program Assistant I

William Jenkins, Program Assistant II

Jenetta Grace-Butler, Administrative Assistant