Aspire/REACH Grant

The TRIO Talent Search ASPIRE/REACH at Broward College is a free pre-college program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education designed to identify qualified youth in the 6th – 12th grades at target schools in the Broward County School District with the potential to enroll in postsecondary school after high school. The program is designed to help students navigate their educational pathway and plan for postsecondary success. Our goal is to improve academic performance, increase motivation, expose students to college campuses, promote financial literacy and facilitate transitions from one level of education to the next.


Talent Search Program serves these schools:

TRIO Talent Search ASPIRE Grant

Aspiring Students towards Postsecondary Institutions through Resources and Empowerment

Project Director:
Dr. George Fabre

  • Boyd Anderson High School
  • Lauderhill 6-12 School
  • Northeast High School
  • Sunfire High School

TRIO Talent Search REACH Grant

Realizing Educational Access for College and Higher

Project Director:
Martha Villegas Miranda, MSSW

  • Dillard 6-12 School
  • Parkway Middle School
  • Plantation High School
  • Sunrise High School

Talent Search Services

The Talent Search Team will provide in-school services on a weekly basis to meet with students and parents and to provide college, career, and financial aid readiness. We will provide a customized college plan for each student enrolled in the Talent Search Program. Bilingual services will be available in Haitian/Creole and Spanish upon request.

El Colegio Program (the College Program)

El Colegio Program will offer all the Talent Search workshops in Spanish to familiarize Spanish-speaking immigrant students and families about the U.S. educational system and post-secondary education options.

Middle School Component

The Talent Search Team will be available to discuss college awareness and conduct career assessments to explore career majors and pathways in classroom settings or after-school workshops for students and parents. Broward College's Kids and Teens Virtual College summer programs will be available for a select number of participants.

High School Component

The Talent Search Team will be available to provide the following pre-college advising services and workshops:

  • College & Career Advising
  • College Recommendation Letter
  • College Survival Skills
  • Financial Aid Overview and Assistance
  • Selecting the Right College/Technical School

Who can apply?

Eligibility is based on federally defined criteria:

  • Enrolled in one of the target schools for the Talent Search ASPIRE/REACH grants
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has a Bachelor’s degree)
  • Limited income (verified by a Talent Search member) and/or
  • Have a documented learning or physical disability (self-certify)

An eligible student must be either be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has not yet earned a high school degree but is committing to using Talent Search resources.

TRiO Talent Search Application

When should I apply?

Immediately! Applications are accepted throughout the year, but the program size is limited. Please answer all the questions on the application. Your responses are necessary to determine program eligibility and will be kept confidential.

The Broward College Talent Search programs are 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant awards for 2021-2022 are $277,375 for each grant.

Other TRIO Programs: Broward College hosts other federally funded TRIO programs: Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Student Support Services (SSS) and Upward Bound (UB). Visit our website to learn more: Broward College TRIO Programs