Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 6th – 12th-grade students in Columbus County. The purpose of the program is to encourage participants to graduate from high school and continue to complete postsecondary education. Free supportive services include career, academic, and financial literacy counseling, exposure to college campuses, cultural enrichment activities, assistance with:

  • college entrance exam preparation,
  • financial aid applications,
  • and college admissions applications.

Application Process

Students currently attending schools served by Southeastern Community College ETS that are interested in becoming ETS participants should contact either their guidance counselor or the ETS office directly.

To complete an application online, click on the link below.

The Educational Talent Search program will host three camps this summer. The camps will be offered on 中国十大赌网’s campus. All camps are free to students. Enrollment is limited in all camps, so students are encouraged to enroll early. A snack and a meal card for lunch will be provided daily. Registration forms and instructions for the registration process can be found below.

STEM Music Camp

June 24 – 27 | 8:30am – 12:30pm6th – 12th-grade studentsHands-on activities will focus on songwriting, beat making, podcasting, creative writing, and more. Students will also learn about careers in the music industry, copyrights, audio editing, and have an opportunity to create their own beats.

Fill out the application below and send to any Education Talent Search Employee (contact info is below):

2024 STEM Music Camp Application

STEM Science Camp

July 8-11, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.6th, 7th, and 8th gradersHands-on activities will focus on biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, technology, and math. Students will also learn about various careers in the science industry.

Fill out the application below and send to any Education Talent Search Employee (contact info is below):

2024 STEM Science Camp Application

Camp Cardiac Care

July 15 – 18 | 8:45am – 4pm9th – 10th-grade studentsCamp Cardiac Care is filled with hands-on learning in nursing, medical lab technology, phlebotomy, nurse aide, EMT, CPR, and first-aid training. The camp is great for students interested in exploring a career in allied health.

Fill out the application below and send to any Education Talent Search Employee (contact info is below):

2024 STEM Music Camp Application

Current ETS participants interested in receiving free tutoring should contact their coordinator immediately to make this request. All tutoring must be pre-approved by the ETS office.

  • Central Middle School
  • East Columbus Jr./Sr. High School
  • South Columbus High School
  • Tabor City School
  • West Columbus School
  • Whiteville High School


  • Tutoring
  • Workshops on time management, goal-setting and decision-making
  • Trips to college campuses
  • Individual and group counseling sessions
  • Biannual newsletter


  • Occupational briefs
  • Trips to area businesses to learn more about job opportunities
  • Description of courses offered at institutions of higher education
  • Career interest and skill testing


  • Admission requirements
  • How to apply
  • Application fee deferments
  • Testing dates and deadlines
  • SAT fee waivers
  • College application and resume workshops


  • Information about financial aid programs and application deadlines
  • Financial aid application forms and assistance in their completion
  • Scholarship information