USD receives grant for Talent Search Program U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced July 11 The University of South Dakota (USD) will receive a $385,701 grant that will continue funding for the Talent Search Program, that works to identify students with disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
"Over the past few years, USD's program has had a tremendous positive effect in the south central and south eastern South Dakota. Many of the students who were first targeted for the program have now graduated and are successful, working members of our society. USD works with middle and high schools in the region to target children, who might not otherwise have the chance to go to college. The Talent Search Program also works with community organizations to identify high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter high school and complete their education," Johnson said.
Services provided by the program include: academic, financial, career or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to high school or college programs, career exploration and aptitude assessment, tutorial services, information on post secondary education, exposure to college campuses, information on student financial assistance, help in completing college admission and financial aid applications, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams, mentor programs, special activities for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders, and conducting workshops.