TRiO Talent Search
Serving more than 600 7th-12th grade students in
Durango, Mancos, Cortez, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs.


TRiO Talent Search is a federally funded program managed by the U.S. Department of Education. Our objective is to encourage and assist middle school and high school students who are first generation and/or low-income families pursue a post-secondary education.

Our services include:

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Exploration
  • Study Skill Development
  • College Tours
  • Financial Aid Preparation
  • College/Vocational School Application Guidance
  • ACT and SAT Test Prep
  • 1-on-1 Guidance/Mentorship
  • and much more!

Prospective Students

Deadlines & Events

DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED GATHERING RESTRICTIONSW CLOSURES, AND CHANGES IN OUR COMMUNITITES, WE WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING DEADLINE EXTENSIONS, CANCELATIONS, AND POSTPONEMENTS UNTIL LIFE RETURNS TO NORMAL (IT WILL EVENTUALLY):

4/17/20: TRIO Talent Search Alumni Scholarship Applications Due (EXTENDED DEADLINE)! *Contact Director, Wendy Allsbrook Javier, for more info! 970-903-7754.

4/24/20: 8th Grade Future Achiever Applications Due (EXTENDED DEADLINE)!  All 8th Grade TRIO Talent Search students are encouraged to apply to win a new Chromebook!  Send your Talent Search advisor an essay answering the following questions:

1. Write a story about a time you accomplished something you thought you could not accomplish. It can be big or small.

2. How would you use a Chromebook and why do you want/need one?

 4/29/20-5/1/20:  TRIO Talent Search Spring College Tour—Postponed until Fall 2020.

*All 10th & 11th grade TRIO TS students who submitted a TRIO application to participate in the spring college tour have received a phone call notifying them of the canceled tour.  Every student who applied and is still interested in touring in the fall will be given priority acceptance on our fall 2020 tour, dates to be announced in August 2020.  Questions?  Call 970-903-7754

4/19/20: TRIO Talent Search Graduation Celebration—FLC Ballroom—Postponed until further notice.*If this event can be held in a safe manner at a future date that works for our seniors and 8th graders, then we will notify all eligible families and students as soon as possible.  For now, we simply know that the event will NOT take place as scheduled on April 19, 2020. Stay tuned for more information as this situation unfolds.

 8/13/20-8/14/20: TRIO Talent Search Middle School College Camp—Fort Lewis College

All rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders are invited to apply!  Camp will include robotics, a fast-paced creative team project, movies, new friends, and an introduction to life in college with your own dorm room and roommate!

*At this time, we are optimistically moving forward with planning for this event.  Middle school students, get your application in now!!