Welcome to Trio Talent Search
Talent Search is an educational access and retention program sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College and funded through the U.S. Department of Education.
Our purpose is to identify, motivate, and assist middle through high school students in their educational transitions, We assist and encourage students to stay in school and graduate, and enroll in a community college, university, or technical training program.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact us.
Talent Search is sponsored by:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
TRIO programs are funded by grants totaling $762,466 through the U.S. Department of Education.
Talent Search services are available at no cost.
- Advice about academic, career, and vocational opportunities.
- Motivating students toward self-understanding, decision making, and study skills.
- Exposure to career opportunities and college campuses.
- Workshops and in-school sessions relevant to study skills, career choices, and opportunities for education beyond high school.
- Assistance with PSAT and SAT registration, college admissions, scholarship applications, and financial aid forms.
- Referrals to other educational support services and community resources for participants and their parents.
- You can participate if you attend one of the following target schools:
- Middle Schools
- Millicoma Intermediate School (6th grade only)
- Sunset Middle School
- North Bend Middle School
- High Schools
- Marshfield High School (UB is high school only)
- North Bend High School (UB is high school only)
- Reedsport High School
- Coquille High School
- Myrtle Point High School
- Powers High School
- Bandon High School
- Pacific High School
- Brookings/Harbor High School
- Gold Beach High School
- Are at least 11 years old and in the sixth grade
- Parents or legal guardian did not graduate from a four-year college
- Qualify within the income eligibility requirements
- Are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Middle Schools
Students and their parents or guardians must complete an application that includes income verification and a parental consent form.
Contact the Talent Search Coordinator at your school to receive an application, or write, call, or email us.
Your First Financial Aid Application
The first financial aid application you should complete is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA. You can either fill out a paper application, or you can go online. Completing the FAFSA online is easy and saves processing time. If you need help, visit your TS Coordinator at your school.
First, you and a parent will need to request your pin numbers. A pin number is your paperless signature, and it only takes 72 hours to receive one. In the mean time, you and your parent will need to gather your previous year's financial information (taxes and W-2s).
Once you and your parent have your pin number and financial information, go to FAFSA Online to complete your application. You are applying for the eligibility of grants, work-study, and low interest loans. Many scholarship applications require that a FAFSA be completed first. Scholarship committees sometimes use the information on the FAFSA to determine who to award scholarships to.
Remember, you need to reapply for Federal Financial Aid every year. However, you use the same pin numbers every year. So keep your pin numbers in a safe place.
Every year thousands of dollars of scholarship money is not awarded because students do not apply for it! There is a lot of free money for college, you just need to do some work to get it.
Research your local community to find out about local scholarships, for instance talk to your school, your employer, any organization you may be involved in, and the Chamber of Commerce are good starting points. Try the Internet for scholarship web sites. Contact the colleges you are interested in attending, and ask them for their scholarship listings; contact the coaches if you are involved in sports. Most college scholarship applications are available online at their web sites.
All scholarship applications have deadlines so apply early. Start your scholarship search in your junior year to avoid missing deadlines.
Visit the Oregon Student Assistance Commission's website as they have numerous scholarships available.
Remember: Applying for financial aid and scholarships should be free! If you come across an organization offering free money but for a service fee, first find out if they are legitimate. See you TS/UB Specialist for more information.
Thanks to a grant from the Ford Family Foundation, we are able to provide Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) or matched savings accounts to qualifying students who are saving to go to college or trade school. If they meet our Dream$avers requirements and can save up to $3000 for college or trade school NeighborWorks Umpqua can match those savings 3:1.
$3,000 of YOUR savings
+ $9000 Dream$avers GEAR UP match
= $12,000 to pay for your education, debt free!
Funds never have to be repaid. Dream$avers GEAR UP’s IDA Specialist will also help you create an Education/Career Plan and complete a Financial Education workshop to help you plan for your future. There is no cost for participation in Dream$avers GEAR UP!
To qualify, applicant households must be within the income and net worth limits for the Dream$avers Program.
Resources for college admission tests you will need to take:
- The College Board for SAT/PSAT testing information
- ACT Assessment testing information
- Testing Prep Materials
- Resource Links Page on the MHS site
Resources to keep your eye on:
Throughout the year TS students attend various fun and educational activities, and they are always FREE! Talk to your TS coordinators if you are interested in any of the free activities TS has to offer.
College campus visits are scheduled throughout the year and are available to all TS Juniors and Seniors.
- University of Oregon, Eugene
- Oregon State University, Corvallis Portland State University, Portland
- Western Oregon University, Monmouth
- Southern Oregon University, Ashland
- Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls
- College 101, SOCC campus Freshmen Leadership Conference, MHS
- College Fair at Roseburg High School, Roseburg (Freshmen & Sophomores only)
All High school plays and performances are free to Talent Search Students.
Our Coordinators are available regularly at the schools for individual and group meetings.
- Sharilyn Brown Director
- Chris Smith TS/UB Office Coordinator
- Rebecca Otterbach TS/UB Specialist
- Karen Whitson TS/UB Middle School Coordinator at Sunset, Millicoma, North Bend Middle and Marshfield
- Neil Winberg TS Specialist at North Bend School
- Marji Cagley TS Specialist at Coquille, Myrtle Point and Powers High School
- Ted Homenick TS Specialist at Marshfield High School
- Kevin Black TS Specialist at Bandon and Pacific High Schools
- Chelsea Ferger TS Specialist at Reedsport Community Charter School
- Martin Harpole - TS Specialist at Brookings/Gold Beach
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. To contact a staff member by email, just click on the name.