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Who We Are

TRiO Talent Search (TS) is a Department of Education grant-funded program committed to assisting low-income, first-generation middle and high school students in Flagler County students from underrepresented backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in college. We provide academic, career, and financial counseling to 500 students each year, and facilitate a successful transition into a post-secondary institution.

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  • Who is Eligible?
    • Attend a designated Flagler County school (see below)
    • Between 6th – 12th grade
    • Demonstrate financial need according to federal income guidelines
    • Be a first-generation college-bound student (neither parent/legal guardian has obtained a four-year degree)
    • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
    • Re-entry students (a student that has dropped out of grades 6-12 and can complete post-secondary education)
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Target Schools
    • Flagler Palm Coast High School
    • Buddy Taylor Middle School

Events Schedule

Bethune-Cookman University

postponed until Spring Semester 2023

The TRiO Talent Search staff will sponsor and chaperone up to 40 sixth through twelfth grade students to Bethune-Cookman University (BCU).  The students will have the opportunity to participate in the following: admissions information session, campus tours, a resident housing tour, and FREE lunch on the BCU campus. This tour will expose the students to the BCU campus settings, entrance requirements, majors, and overall advantages of becoming a student at BCU, as explained by college representatives and student tour guides.

Hammock Dunes Club Chef Tour & Demo

Monday, December 12

The TRiO Talent Search staff will sponsor and chaperone up to 40 sixth through twelfth grade students to Hammock Dunes Club. The students will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the Hammock Dunes Club and a cooking demo put on by Executive Chef Lance Cook. This field trip day will expose the student’s to careers in culinary and hospitality.

Dr. Weems Parent Workshop @ Flagler Palm Coast High School

Tuesday, December 13

Dr. Sherryl Weems, Associate Vice President of the Mary Karl College of Workforce & Continuing Education at Daytona State College and TRiO Talent Search will collaborate to work with the parents & guardians of our TRiO Talent Search students.  The Parent/Guardian workshop’s purpose is to share information of continuing education and the resources available on the DSC campus, along with the career programs and professional training needed to be successful in a career.
Flyer for RSVP will be mailed to all TRiO Talent Search families. 

For more information, contact: 


Virtual Office Hours for Students

Make a virtual appointment with a TRiO Educational Services Coordinator to discuss questions, concerns, tutoring services, or review topics discussed in the TRiO class. Virtual sessions can also be used to fulfill the monthly meeting requirement with a coordinator when you cannot make an in-person meeting.

Request a session!

Michelle Emden

Michelle Emden

Manager I
(386) 246-4878
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Quentin Davis

Manger I
(386) 246-4878
Cindy Bunton

Cindy Bunton

Administrative Assistant
(386) 506-3866

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