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ETS Program Information & Application Process

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ETS Application Process

Interested students must submit a completed program application in order to be considered for the program. Each student is responsible for making sure that all parts of the application are completed and submitted. We will not review incomplete applications.

Please review the program requirements before starting your application:



In order to participate in the Educational Talent Search program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Attend one of the Participating Partner Schools:

  • Escondido Union School District: Hidden Valley Middle School, Mission Middle School, Del Dios Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Escondido Union High School District: Orange Glen High School, Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, Del Lago Academy
  • Vista Unified School District: Vista High School, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista Innovation & Design Academy

2. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • As a federally-funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education, we are required to verify citizenship information in order to determine program eligibility.

3. Be “First-Generation” and/or “Low-Income”

  • Low-Income: The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The 2020 poverty status guidelines are in effect as of January 15, 2020. Federal Register notice was published January 17, 2020.
  • First-Generation: A student whose parents have NOT earned a Bachelors Degree or higher awarded in the United States.

4. Students must show potential to attend a post-secondary institution as well as show interest and need in the program services offered to accomplish their educational goals. Students must commit to attending/participating in at least two activities per year.

  • Students will need to show need and interest in the program services. Program staff will use student grades and answers provided in an intake interview to determine whether the student will be a good fit for the program. We’re requiring students to have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. Students will be expected to remain active and participate in program activities as well as maintain positive academic standing while enrolled in the program.

Ready to Submit your Application?

A few things you will need:

The student’s personal and school information.

Family’s yearly income information.

Information for 1-2 Emergency Contacts

Start Application

Call/Text: (760) 705-4520

Call/Text: (760) 566-6825