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The U.S. Department of Education has renewed a grant of $284,000 for MSU's Educational Talent Search Program

The U.S. Department of Education has renewed a grant of $284,000 to allow Michigan State University to continue a program that provides academic, career and financial counseling to first generation, low-income, middle and high school students in the Lansing School District.

The five-year grant will fund MSU’s Educational Talent Search Program, which identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are the potential to succeed in higher education.  The goal of Educational Talent Search is to increase the number of youth, sixth through twelfth grade, from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in a post-secondary educational institution of their choice.

Guidance activities are offered on a variety of topics including:  academic, financial, career, or personal counseling which includes advice on entry or reentry to secondary or post-secondary educational programs; career exploration; tutorial services; information about post-secondary education; exposure to college campuses; information on student financial assistance; assistance in completing college admission and financial applications; preparation for college entrance exams; special activities for middle and high school students; and workshops for families of participants. 

For more information about MSU Educational Talent Search visit their website at