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.

Apply to Educational Talent Search


  • 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.

Our 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

Letise Jenkins

Letise Jenkins

Director of Educational Talent Search

(219) 989-2298

Yanira Diaz

Program Coordinator

(219) 989-2774

Mary Haynie

Outreach Counselor

(219) 989-2151

Ronisha Humphrey

Ronisha Humphrey

Administrative Assistant

(219) 989-2460

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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.