Educational Talent Search (Hammond)
We provide academic, career and financial counseling, encouraging participants to graduate from high school and continue on to complete their post-secondary education.
- Two-thirds of our Educational Talent Search (ETS) participants must be low-income (according to federal guidelines) and first generation (neither parent has a four-year degree).
- The remaining of our participants are considered discretionary and do not have to meet the restrictive criteria of the two-thirds TS participants.
- Individuals, sixth grade to adult, are encouraged to apply for program services.
- Academic, financial, career and personal counseling
- Advice about entry or re-entry to secondary or post-secondary programs
- Career exploration and aptitude assessment
- Tutorial services on-site and online
- Information on post-secondary education
- Exposure to college campuses
- Information on student financial assistance
- Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
- Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
- Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders
- Workshops for the families of participants
The mission of Educational Talent Search (Hammond) is to enable targeted individuals an opportunity to enhance their overall quality of life by providing comprehensive involvement in academic and career-related services.
We envision a program which works efficiently to offer a high quality of services and resources in a warm, positive, encouraging, and engaging environment that fosters equitable, healthy student/participant development.
Meet Our Staff
- Learn More Indiana
Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help Hoosiers of all ages complete education and training beyond high school.
- INvested: College Guidance Resources
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- Know How 2 Go
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- My Major: What Should You Major In?
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- Historically Black Colleges and Universities by state
List and links to HBCUs across the United States
- College Board: Access to Higher Education
- College Board: Major and Career Search
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook
Tests driven to help find career paths as well as information regarding almost every possible job
- Indiana Intern network: indianaintern.net
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- ACT Test
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- College Board: PSAT Downloads
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- College Board: SAT Test
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- Khan Academy
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- Princeton Review
Comprehensive online preparation resource for nearly every college and career test
- CLEP Exams & CLEP Exam Test Preparation
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- Study Stack: Online Flashcard Maker
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- Ask Rose: Homework Hotline
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- Free Rice: Learn and Earn Rice for Countries
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- Khan Academy
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Official site of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- College Goal Sunday
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- Financial Aid! Financial Aid, College Scholarships, and Student Loans
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- Gates Millennium Scholars Program
- Black Scholarships | African American Scholarships | Black Colleges
- United Negro College Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Thurgood Marshall Fund
- Latino College Dollars
- Scholarships for Hispanics
- American Association for Blacks in Energy
- Hispanic Fund
- 4 Black Youth: Minority Scholarships
Federally Funded by the US Department of Education
For fiscal year 2022-2023, $412,179 of federal dollars are being used to fund the Educational Talent Search Program at Purdue University Northwest. The program is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education.