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TRiO Talent Search ProgramOur TRiO Talent Search Program 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. TRiO Talent Search serves over 600 7th-12th grade students in Durango, Mancos, Cortez, Ignacio, and Pagosa Springs.

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TRiO Talent Search services

With TRiO Talent Search, you have access to:

  • 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!

IMPORTANT NOTE: All Tests have been canceled for the foreseeable future (including SAT & ACT) here at the Fort Lewis College campus. Please contact your advisor for any updates.


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2020 TRiO Talent Search Scholarship and TRiO Leader Award Announcements

Congratulations to our award winning students and alumni

We’d like to thank all TRiO Talent Search seniors who submitted scholarship applications, our enormously supportive and generous donors, and our fantastic scholarship committee of local community volunteers who made the tough decisions!

  • Emmalee Asnicar, Mancos High School, CSU, C&GT Scholarship, $1,000
  • Hannah Wills, Durango High School, Oklahoma State U, C&GT Scholarship, $1,000
  • Kate Zarlingo, Big Picture, U Academy of Art, C&GT Scholarship, $1,000
  • Talissa Bahr, Mancos High School, FLC, FLC TRIO Scholarship, $1,000
  • Izzy Davis, Big Picture High School, FLC, FLC TRIO Scholarship, $1,000
  • Aspen Wyatt, Durango High School, FLC, FLC TRIO Scholarship, $1,000
  • Badger Yellowbird, Ignacio High School, FLC, FLC TRIO Scholarship, $1,000
  • Mark Holladay, Pagosa Springs High School, CO School of Mines, Hooten Family Scholarship, $1,000
  • Adromeda Nehring, Durango High School, FLC, Hooten Family Scholarship, $1,000
  • Sydnee Cruz, Ignacio High School, FLC, Hooten Family Scholarship, $1,000
  • Kassandra Reyes, U of Northern Colorado, Uhl Family Scholarship, $1,000
  • Mia Boudreau, Durango High School, CO State U, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Megan Foster, Pagsoa Springs High School, U of Utah, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Gabriel Frizzel, Montezuma-Cortez High School, FLC, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Zach Haines, Pagosa Springs High School, CO State U, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Mikayla Johnson, Montezuma-Cortez High School, CO Mesa U, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Lukas Minerich, Durango High School, U of CO Boulder, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Maya Powell, Mancos High School, U of CO-CO Springs, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Isabella Putnam, Durango High School, CO State U, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Dante Sandman, Ignacio High School, FLC, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years
  • Kiffany Whitmer, Montezuma-Cortez High School, Pueblo Community College, Moniker Scholarship, $1,000/renewable for 4 years

The 2020 TRIO Leader Awards are awarded to students from each of our target high schools and middle schools who have consistently shown character, enthusiasm, kindness, and motivation toward their future goals while participating in our program.  They will each receive a TRIO Talent Search hoodie in the mail!

  • Autumn Tucson--Big Picture High School
  • Hailey Archuleta—Durango High School
  • Ethan Flores—Escalante Middle School
  • Colin Vosika—Escalante Middle School
  • Moriah Ashley—Ignacio Middle School
  • David Tallbird—Ignacio High School
  • Chauncey Aspromonte—Mancos Middle School
  • William Small—Mancos High School
  • Maddisyn Van Grandt—Montezuma-Cortez Middle School
  • Ember Opsahl—Montezuma-Cortez High School
  • Elijah Castro—Pagosa Springs Middle School
  • Summer Roanhorse—Pagosa Springs High School
  • Ebanie Wilkins—Pagosa Springs High School

And one more unique award goes to:

  • TRIO Rockstar Participant: Allister Shawcroft-MaJeski of Escalante Middle School