Educational Talent Search Program

The Federal TRiO Programs were designed to identify and provide services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 1965, as part of the Higher Education Act, TRiO created Educational Talent Search to help disadvantaged or low-income students be the first generation in their families to attend college and attain a bachelor’s degree.

In 2016, the Brooklyn College Educational Talent Search Program (BCETSP) began a five-year grant to serve five target high schools in Brooklyn. Our target schools are the Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration, Brooklyn Generation School, Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn Collegiate, and George Westinghouse High School. We work closely with school administration, guidance counselors, and college advisers to provide pre-college counseling to students in grades 9–12 with the goal of bridging the gap for our students.

The Brooklyn College Educational Talent Search Program worked with 760 high school students in the 2018–19 academic year. Our goal is to increase the number of first-generation and disadvantaged youth who successfully complete high school, enroll in college, and achieve post secondary success. The program supports TRiO students by providing the following services:

  • Regents and SAT Prep tutoring
  • Academic, career, and financial counseling
  • College readiness workshops
  • Learning and study strategy assessments
  • Assistance with college enrollment applications
  • Single-day college trips and overnight college tours
  • Summer enrichment activities
  • Mentoring
  • And more

To become a TRiO member, complete the BC Educational Talent Search Online Application. You will then receive a follow-up e-mail regarding the status of your application! For assistance, contact us at 718.951.5593 or via e-mail. We look forward to serving you.

FAFSA / CUNY App Assistance

Receive help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sign up with your TRiO counselor today.

Parent 411

Parent/Guardian involvement is very important to the success of every student. The Educational Talent Search Program is committed to supporting our student participants as well as parents/guardians. Contact us to set up an appointment with a pre-college counselor where you can ask questions and receive answers.


To become a member, complete the BC Educational Talent Search Application (pdf).

For assistance, contact us at 718.951.5593.


Students who apply to the Brooklyn College Educational Talent Search Program should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen, or a national or permanent resident of the United States; or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and provide evidence from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of intent to become a permanent resident.
  • Low income: The family meets guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • First-generation college student: Neither parent whom the applicant lives with has earned a four-year college degree.

Partner Schools

BCETSP is committed to providing college readiness services to 760 students from the borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. To focus our resources and efforts, we have formed partnerships with the following schools:

  • Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration
  • Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School
  • Brooklyn Generation School
  • Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences
  • George Westinghouse Career Technical High School

BCETSP will accept a limited number of students from other Brooklyn high schools who meet all of the eligibility criteria listed above and demonstrate need.

Stay Informed

BCETSP Newsletter

Keep yourself up to date by following our seasonal newsletter. The BCETSP newsletter provides information about events and opportunities available to TRiO students and parents. Learn about upcoming events, tutorials, campus visits, success stories, and more!

TRiO Works! @ BC Newsletter


All events are exclusive to members of the Brooklyn College Educational Talent Search Program (BCETSP). Unless otherwise stated, all events and activities will take place on the Brooklyn College campus. To participate in one or more of these free events, sign up in one of the following ways:

Send us an e-mail, call 718.951.5593, or visit 1428 Ingersoll Hall. Include your name, school name, grade, and the name of the event(s).

Speak to your pre-college counselor: Mohamed Kaba or Shaquille Winston.

If a registration form is required, complete and return it via e-mail or fax, or by giving it to your pre-college counselor.

Contact Information

Educational Talent Search Program
1428 Ingersoll Hall

Mondays–Thursdays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

P: 718.951.5593
F: 718.951.5680

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