The University of Pennsylvania's Talent Search Program is a federally-funded TRIO Program designed to help eligible students complete high school and enroll in postsecondary school. The Program provides 600 students at West Phildelphia's Beeber Middle School and Overbrook High School with support services that instill within them a college-going culture and promote the academic and personal development necessary for entry into higher education institutions. Per federal regulations, two thirds of Program participants must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students.
The Talent Search Program offers a full range of activities and interventions to reduce the gap in college access, including goal setting and decision making; career exploration and academic planning; college selection and scholarship searches; and financial aid information. Students also gain exposure to college life by visiting colleges and universities. Middle school students receive instruction that includes academic counseling and advising; educational workshops; and career exploration activities. High school students receive group and individual advising; assistance with researching colleges; and assistance with completing college, financial aid , and scholarship applications.