Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search Program is a Federally Funded Program located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The program identifies and assists first-generation and low-income middle and high school students in Milwaukee who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Talent Search provides academic advising, career exploration, and financial counseling. The program serves 705 students per academic year, a student can enter the program as a 6th grader and continue in the program until they graduate from high school. Talent Search also tracks students for six years after they graduate from high school.

The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete high school and enroll in and complete their post-secondary education. Talent Search has target schools which are as follows: Bay View, Bradley Tech, Morse Marshall, South Division, Riverside, Washington High School, Milwaukee Academy of Science, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, Hartford, Lincoln Center of the Arts, Milwaukee College Preparatory, and Story. The program also has a target area in the city of Milwaukee which consist of; Good Hope Road on the north, 92nd Street on the west, Lincoln Avenue on the south and east towards the Lake.

Talent Search provides students opportunities to participate in various academic related workshops, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams, mentoring activities, tutoring services, career exploration, exposure to college campus, information on post-secondary institutions; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students, guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, and entry into general educational development programs or post-secondary education. Advisors assistance students with completing college admissions, housing, scholarship and financial aid applications. Talent Search provides students with resources available to them once they enter post-secondary enrollment. In addition the program provides opportunities for workshops for the family of participants.

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  • Students must be in the 6th grad and at least 11 years old.
  • Students must attend a target school or live in the target area.
  • Two-thirds of the participants must be students who are low-income and potential first-generation college students. Please contact the Talent Search Office for specific low-income levels.

How to Register

To register please download the form here, complete it digitally, and send it back using our online Application Submission.

Policies and Fees

Services are FREE to students who are accepted and who:

  • Are willing to make a commitment
  • Have academic potential
  • Want to improve their grades
  • Have an interest in education beyond high school
  • Have the support of their parent(s) or guardian(s) for their involvement in UWM Talent Search activities


Click on the links below to download the appropriate document.

Talent Search Brochure

Interested parties with questions should please contact our main office at 414-229-3813.


Q: Is transportation provided?
A: We provide bus tickets for participants to travel from sponsored events.

Q: Does it cost to participate?
A: Services are free to students who are accepted and who:

  • Are willing to make a commitment
  • Want to improve their grades
  • Have an interest in education beyond high school
  • Have the support of their parent(s) or guardians(s) for their involvement in UWM Talent Search activities

Q: What services are offered?

  • Academic, financial, career or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry into secondary or postsecondary programs
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutorial services
  • Information on postsecondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid application
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring programs


Joshua Reed

Jeffrey Rhodes
Senior Advisor

Carl Wesley Jr.
Senior Advisor

Corey Redmond

Contact Us

Telephone: 414-229-3813

Office Location:

Mitchell Hall Rm. 161
3203 N Downer Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53201

Mailing Address:

Talent Search
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413