Utah Tech University

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search strives to prepare, academically and socially, qualified low income and first generation youth (grades 8-12th in Washington County Schools) to complete secondary school with the goal of enrolling in and completing a program of study through postsecondary education. This is accomplished by our program providing Academic Advisors, helping the youth with career, college, financial literacy, advisement and financial aid information, along with cultural activities. ETS increases educational opportunities for these youth.

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What Is ETS?

  • The UT Educational Talent Search Program has been assisting students in the Washington County School District since 1991.
  • It is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 7-12.
  • ETS is one of the TRiO Programs which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The ETS Program identifies and assists qualified students to prepare for and achieve post-secondary education and training.
  • During the school year your ETS Advisor will visit your school and meet with you either in groups or individually. You will have fun learning about yourself and what it takes to get to college!
  • Best of all, there is absolutely no fee to participate in ETS!


ETS provides individual, one-on-one academic advisement to assure the correct classes are taken to prepare you for college.


ETS recognizes your strengths & help to overcome weaknesses through workshops/ activities


ETS assists in filling out college applications, FAFSA, scholarship and grant applications.

College Help

ETS works with students from 8th -12th grades, to graduate from High School & enroll in College.


ETS is a fun way to get help with mapping out your future!

How do I

It’s easier than you think! To qualify you to become part of Educational Talent Search program, you should meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • First Generation — Neither of your parents received a four-year college degree.
  • Low Income Student: Federal Income Levels* — You are recieving Free Lunch or your taxable income meets federal guidelines.
  • You are a U.S. Citizen
  • You can pick up an application from your high school ETS Advisor.


Your ETS Advisor will review the applications and interview perspective participants.


Throughout the year, you will have the chance to participate in quarterly workshops that are geared toward your goals. Our workshops will be focused on:

  • Career Goals & Interest Inventory
  • Study Skills & Time Management
  • ACT Preparation & Registration
  • College Application & Portfolio Building
  • Scholarship Search & Grant Application
  • Personal Development & Grade Contracts


Craig Harter

Director of Educational Talent Search

Email: Craig.Harter@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7659

Office: Browning 211A

Connie LaClare

Administrative Secretary

Email: Connie.Laclare@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7852

Office: Browning 211