Educational Talent Search (ETS) at UC Davis is a federally funded
program managed by the U.S. Department of Education. Its
objective is to encourage and assist middle school and high
school students from low-income families pursue a post-secondary
History of the Federal Program
ETS is one of eight TRIO programs that were authorized by
the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to President
Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Over 1,200 colleges,
universities, community colleges and agencies now offer TRIO
Programs in America. There are more than 475 ETS programs in the
U.S. serving more than 389,000 students.
Federal TRIO Programs provide outreach and support programs to
help low-income, first-generation college students progress
through the academic pipeline from middle school to
post-baccalaureate programs. Get a more in-depth explanation and
understanding of TRIO programs at the federal
History of our UC Davis Program
In 1994, UC Davis ETS began providing services to students
from local middle and high schools in Sacramento, Yolo and Solano
counties. UC Davis ETS now serves 1,700 students annually.
ETS serves students in grades 8 through 12. ETS identifies and
assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities
who have the potential to succeed in higher education. In
addition to counseling, participants receive information about
college admissions requirements, scholarships and various student
financial aid programs. ETS helps students from families where
neither parent graduated from college to better understand their
educational opportunities and options.
TRIO and ETS’ goals can be summarized as a pledge to provide
educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race,
economic or ethnic backgrounds.