TRIO Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) promotes higher education among low-income students in the East Side Union High School District and the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District in San Jose, CA.

ETS helps our participants graduate from high school, apply to and begin college, secure financial aid/scholarships, and graduate with a postsecondary education credential.

ETS is federally funded under the TRIO Branch of the U.S. Department of Education.

We encourage, inspire, and support our students in their efforts to achieve academic success.

Join TRiO Educational Talent Search! Complete an online application today!

  1. To complete the application in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese, click on the links above. 
  2. A new window will open up. 
  3. The applicant’s parent or guardian’s name and email will be needed to begin the application.
  4. Fill out all sections of the application.
  5. To complete the application, a signature is required by the applicant’s parent or guardian, which will grant permission for the student to participate in TRiO ETS activities conducted by the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

To download a fillable PDF version of the application, click the buttons below.

  1. The fillable PDF version can be completely fully in ADOBE, e-signed, and then emailed to
  2. OR, the fillable PDF version can be printed, signed, and emailed to

Educational Talent Search Partner Schools Include

ETS Offers Our Students

Academic Advising

  • ETS helps students plan their course schedules in order to meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the University of California and California State University systems.
  • ETS helps students set long-term and short-term goals that promote college-bound behavior and prepare them for higher education.

Financial Aid and Scholarship

  • ETS provides financial aid information through academic advising and enrichment workshops. 
  • Participants receive a resource guide for state, federal, and private aid available to students attending college or vocational programs.

Career Exploration & College Admissions Assistance

  • ETS helps students develop their career pathway.
  • ETS prepares students to take college entrance examinations (PSAT, ACT, and SAT).
  • ETS helps students prepare college admission applications, write personal statements, and complete financial aid applications.

College Tours

  • ETS arranges college field trips so that students can experience different postsecondary schools and career exploration locations throughout the academic year.  These tours are most often led by first generation college students.

Contact Information

Sonia Ramos

Program Director

• 408-898-0443

Ezra Moreno

Academic Coordinator

Yerba Buena High School
Bridges Academy Middle School

• 408-316-6478

Nicole Dunn

Academic Coordinator

James Lick High School
Joseph George Middle School

• 408-316-8532

Elizabeth Purnell

Administrative Coordinator

• 408-316-5910