Educational Talent Search

What is Talent Search?

The Talent Search (TS) Program, located on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University, identifies and assists 6th-12th grade students and adults who have the potential to succeed in college. The program provides academic, career, and financial aid application assistance to its participants. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth who complete high school and enroll in a college of their choice.

Educational Services provided by Talent Search

  • Academic advising
  • Advice and assistance in secondary & post secondary course selection
  • Connections to high quality tutoring
  • Information on the full range of financial aid
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams (ACT/SAT)
  • Campus visits to area universities and colleges (NM and West TX)
  • Resources for locating public and private scholarships
  • Assistance in completing college admission and scholarship applications
  • Assistance in completing the financial aid application (FAFSA)
  • Evening Financial Aid Workshops for parents and seniors
  • Assistance for adults in completion of secondary school or postsecondary school enrollment
  • Guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, and alternative education programs
  • Entry into general educational development (GED) programs or postsecondary programs
  • Connections for participants to education or counseling services designed to im prove the financial and economic literacy of the participants' parents, including financial planning for postsecondary education
  • Access to computer labs, museums, residence halls, bookstore, dining room, and library

Schools served by Talent Search within the following cities:

  • Clovis
  • Portales
  • Tucumcari

Student Eligibility

  1. Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States. If a permanent resident, a copy of the permanent resident card (front and back) must be provided.
  2. Must have completed five years of elementary education or is at least 11 years of age but not more than 27 years of age.
  3. Is enrolled in or has dropped out of any grade from 6 through 12.
  4. Low-income and a first-generation potential college student.
    • Low-income: The family income is within the income level defined by the US Department of Education
    • First-generation: Neither parent or guardian has a four-year college degree
  5. Need for one or more of the services provided in the promotion of postsecondary education.


In order to participate, a student application must be completed and signed by Parents or Guardians (if under 18 years of age) and returned to the Talent Search Office. The information requested on the student application is required by the Department of Education and will remain confidential. Please contact the Talent Search Office to make arrangements to receive a student application.

For more information, please call us at 575.562.2447 or 800.301.2321.

This Talent Search Program is 100% federally funded at $380,278 annually.

Talent Search
ENMU Station 9
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Office Location: Quay Hall (QH), Room 117
800.FOR.ENMU (800.367.3668)
Phone: 575.562.2447

About ENMU, Portales

Students choose Eastern New Mexico University for our personal touch, accredited academic programs and affordable costs. ENMU offers a variety of services to help students succeed in their academic, personal and professional lives. That's why our slogan is "Student Success–that's what it's all about!"