College Talent Search


The mission of the West Texas A&M University College Talent Search Program is to identify qualified disadvantaged students with potential for education at the postsecondary level and assist them to complete secondary school and undertake and graduate from postsecondary education by providing quality services in a consistent and timely manner.


The College Talent Search program serves students in grades 8 through 12. Two-thirds of our program participants must be first generation AND low income. The remaining percentage can meet only one or neither of the required criteria. They can also be students who are limited English proficient, individuals with disabilities, homeless children and youths, foster care youth, individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education or any other disconnected participants.


Amarillo Target Schools:

Palo Duro, Hereford, and Caprock HS ; Travis MS

Hereford Prep Academy, Horace Mann MS, Bowie MS, and Sam Houston MS

Below is a list of the other eligibility requirements. The student must: 

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • Be at least 13 years of age and in grades 8-12
  • Qualify as a Low Income(according to the 2017 TRIO Federal Income Tax Levels) and First Generation student (Neither parent has a 4-year degree)

The student must also:

  • Commit to participate in project activities
  • Express a strong desire to go to college as defined by;
  • Showing academic potential for postsecondary education
  • Exhibiting good citizenship and leadership skills

Applicants that do not meet this criteria may also be considered. Special exceptions can be made based on need of services.


College Talent Search at WTAMU has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 2002. We serve 503 students annually (477FY 2013-2014).

  • Connections for participants to high quality academic tutoring services to enable the participants to complete secondary or postsecondary courses
  • Advice and assistance in secondary school course selection and, if applicable, initial postsecondary course selection
  • Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to secondary (high school) or entry into postsecondary programs(college/university)
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Information on postsecondary education
  • Exposure to the campuses of institutions of higher education, as well as to cultural events, academic programs, and other sites or activities not usually available to disadvantaged youth
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Information on the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and benefits, resources for locating public and private scholarships, and assistance in completing financial aid applications, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams (ACT/SAT)
  • Mentoring programs involving elementary or secondary school teachers or counselors, faculty members at institutions of higher education, students, or any combination of these persons
  • Leadership opportunities and activities for 8th-12th grades
  • Workshops and counseling for families of participants served
  • Connections for participants to education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of the participants or the participants' parents, including financial planning for postsecondary education.
  • Information and activities designed to acquaint youth with the range of career options available to them

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For more information 

To contact the College Talent Search offices in person, please feel free to visit us at the WTAMU campus. We are located in the Old Student Union Building (Old SUB), Suite 112.  

You can also reach us by mail at:

College Talent Search
West Texas A&M University
WTAMU Box 60776
Canyon, TX 79016-0001

You can also visit our Contact Us page if you want to reach someone specifically. 

Fax: 806-651-5323

If you are interested in the program, fill out and mail this applicationform to (or give it to your outreach advisor on your campus)

College Resource Websites

Career Browser

College for Texans
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator
FAFSA on the Web -  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Money awarded to a student to help pay for college.
Federal Trio Program
Mapping Your Future
Monster Jobs and Internships
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Princeton Review
Resume Writing and Posting
Study Skills Topic Pages
US Department of Education
WT Virtual Math Lab - Need help in College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, or preparing for the math part of the THEA, ACCUPLACER, or general GRE tests.

Parent Resources
A Guide for Parents - Ten steps to prepare your child for college.
College For Texans Campaign
Getting Ready for College Early - A handbook for parents of students in middle and junior high school.
Preparing Your Child for College - A resource book for parents.
U.S. Department of Education



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