TRIO Talent Search

TRIO Talent Search

TRIO Talent Search (TS) at Kirkwood Community College is a free educational program that assists 6th-12th grade participants in their preparation for enrollment into any college of their choice.

Funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of the program is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. 

TS advisors work with school counselors and teachers to identify qualified students with the potential to succeed in higher education. TS staff work to guide and advise students of college requirements so students are eligible to apply to the university of their choice. Students participate in an array of educational opportunities, including field trips, career exploration, financial literacy workshops, SAT/ACT preparation, and college tours.

Each year the TRIO TS program at KCC provides services to 500 middle and high school participants in the Linn and Jones counties. One third of participants can be anyone who is interested in attending college, but two-thirds of participants served by TRIO TS must qualify as first-generation (parents did not graduate from a 4-year college), are college-bound, and meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. To learn more about income guidelines, visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

Who can join TRIO Talent Search Program?


To be eligible, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Age 11 years or older
  • Completed the 5th grade
  • Demonstrate ability to benefit from project services
  • Be enrolled at

    • Jones County: Midland Middle and High School
    • Linn County: Wilson Middle School, Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy, Jefferson High School, or George Washington High School

Most students are considered for TRIO TS admission in the fall, but applications are accepted year-round.

To apply for TRIO TS services, students and their parent or guardian should work together to complete the TRIO TS Application.

TRIO TS Online Application   TRIO TS PDF Application 

TRIO TS Online Application - Espanol 

Completed applications can be submitted online, printed and returned to school counselors, or mailed to the TRIO office:

Kirkwood Community College
TRIO Talent Search
Linn County Regional Center
302 Main Office
1770 Boyson Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233

TRIO TS activities are designed to promote a supportive educational climate and to help increase persistence, high school graduation, completion of rigorous high school courses, college enrollment, and college degree attainment. TRIO TS can help with:

  • Tutoring
  • Course selection and advising
  • Personal advising
  • College application assistance
  • College entrance exam prep and waivers
  • Financial aid, FAFSA and scholarships information
  • STEM summer workshops
  • College campus visits and Cultural field trips
  • Career exploration assistance

Contact Us

Samantha Flores
Director, TRIO Talent Search

Schools: Midland Middle and High Schools


Phone: 319-398-1048


Yadira Dominguez
Program Advisor, TRIO Talent Search

Schools: Wilson Middle School and Jefferson High School
Phone: 319-398-2582


Allison Ster
Program Advisor, TRIO Talent Search

Schools: Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy and Washington High School
Phone: 319-398-2583