Talent Search

Talent Search (TS) at Henderson State University works to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in post-secondary education. TS is a college preparatory program that targets 500 sixth- through 12th-grade students who have the potential for educational success at the post-secondary level and high school dropouts who want to re-enter and complete their high school equivalency. 

Eligibility for participation in the program is based on grant-funded guidelines by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Students must be between the ages of 11 and 27 and have completed the fifth grade.
  • Two thirds of participants must be students who are low-income and potential first generation college students (neither parent received a four-year college degree)

TS staff work with students from the following schools and districts:

  • Arkadelphia School District
  • Bauxite High School
  • Bismarck School District
  • Gurdon School District
  • Murfreesboro High School
  • Malvern School District
  • Arkadelphia Adult Education Center 

The program offers:

  • Career exploration and inventories
  • Information on post-secondary education
  • ACT preparation
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Academic, financial, or career counseling
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and  financial aid applications
  • Cultural activities and events
  • Assistance with high school completion
  • Tutoring (upon request)



Talent Search Application