The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s TRIO Talent Search program inspires and empowers low-income, first generation students to complete high school and enroll in and complete postsecondary education.

This free program serves 9th through 12th grade students, providing academic, career and financial aid advising and experiences to encourage education beyond high school. The TRIO Talent Search program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Participants of the program are actively engaged in activities throughout the school year including: college visits, career experiences/exposure, cultural enrichment trips, access to tutoring resources, and more. Students also participate in personal, academic, financial aid, financial literacy, test preparation, self-advocacy and more.

Where Do I Apply?

Limited spaces are available! Applications for the TRIO program are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Do you go to school at CEC Early College, North High School, North Engagement Center, or West High School?
Apply Here!

Do you go to CPA, DCIS-Montbello, NCAS, or Northeast Early College?
Apply Here!

Questions? Contact your school’s DSF Future Center or counseling office.

Denver Public Schools Served by the TRIO Program

The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s TRIO Talent Search program aims to  serve 9th through 12th grade students throughout Denver’s community.
We offer services at the following locations:

  • CEC Early College
  • Collegiate Preparatory Academy
  • Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello
  • Northeast Early College
  • North Engagement Center
  • North High School
  • Noel Community Arts School
  • West Early College
  • West Leadership Academy

For the 2020-2021 school year, the TRIO program is expected to serve over 1,000 students. The following students are eligible to apply for the program.

  1. Students who attend a DPS school served by the TRIO program, with a desire to attend a college or university after high school, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to make this dream come true;
  2. Those with a need for the program (i.e. a challenging academic environment, tutoring, career exploration, study skills, goal setting, motivation and encouragement);
  3. A student in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade;
  4. Students who make a long term commitment to the program, remaining involved until graduation from high school;
  5. Students who are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident, regardless of parents’ citizenship status;
  6. Individuals who meet at least one of the two criteria below:
    1. A potential first generation college student (A student is considered first generation if neither parent or guardian with whom the student lives has not completed a four year college degree);
    2. The student’s family meets federal income guidelines.  (Based on “taxable income” [Line 43 on the IRS 1040, Line 6 on the 1040EZ, line 27 on the 1040A forms] of the parent/guardian that the student currently lives with, and the number of people in the household).

NOTE: Any student applicant that is currently in foster care, or a Ward of the State of Colorado, is automatically income eligible.

 Talent Search Services Offered

9th Grade

  • Adjustment to High School
  • Test Preparation
  • Four-Year Graduation Plan
  • Career Advising
  • College and Financial Aid Education
  • Academic Review
  • College and Career Exposure
  • Access to Tutoring

10th Grade

  • Economic and Financial Literacy Education
  • Test Registration and Preparation
  • Monitoring Graduation Plan
  • Career Assessment
  • College and Financial Aid Education
  • Academic Review
  • College and Career Exposure
  • Access to Tutoring

11th Grade

  • ACT/SAT Registration and Preparation
  • Study Skills
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Scholarship Preparation
  • Community Service Education
  • Monitoring Graduation Plan
  • College and Financial Aid Awareness
  • College and Career Exposure
  • Access to Tutoring

12th Grade

  • Individual and Family Assistance: College Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • College Adjustment and Orientation Activities
  • Concurrent Enrollment Programs Advising
  • Information regarding AP Courses and CLEP Exams for College Credit
  • Initial Postsecondary Advising
  • Access to Tutoring

Meet the TRIO Team

Click here to learn more about the TRIO team.

TRIO Talent Search – Denver Scholarship Foundation

789 Sherman Street, Suite 610
Denver, CO, 80203
Phone: 720.423.5741
Fax: 720.423.5767

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