Talent Search (ETS) is a pre-college program funded by a federal grant from the US Department of Education.  The ETS program is designed to assist middle school and high school students, as well as high school dropouts, overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.  There are over 461 ETS programs throughout the United States and 15 in the state of Florida. 

Who can benefit from the Talent Search program at LSSC? 

The program serves 612 students enrolled in 14 selected public middle schools and high schools in Lake and Sumter Counties. Students and school dropouts may be eligible to receive services if their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) did not attain a bachelor’s degree and if they meet the income eligibility requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. All participants are required to submit an application, including evidence of yearly family income, family composition (number of members in the family), and the level of education of their parent(s) or guardian(s).  Applications may be obtained from the guidance offices at our selected schools.  

Most of the TS participants are among the first in their immediate families to have a better chance at pursuing and achieving a college education. Beginning at the sixth grade, participants receive services designed to advice, motivate, and educate; thus, laying out a plan for a more constructive future. All Talent Search activities are FREE to each participant.

Interested in Applying?

If you are at one of our targeted schools and have recently visited with a manager, you can find our application for enrollment in the Talent Search Program below. Simply print this application, fill it out, and return it to your school guidance counselor as soon as possible to get started.

Manager Contact Information

Daniel Terry
Lake-Sumter State College
9501 US Hwy 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone: 352-365-3543
Fax: 352-435-5012
Maribel Torres, M.Ed.
Lake-Sumter State College
1250 N. Hancock Road
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-536-2107
Sonja Sanders
Lake-Sumter State College
1405 County Road 526A
Sumterville, FL 33585
Phone: 352-568-0001 Ext. 1005
Fax: 352-568-7515