Educational Talent Search (ETS)

The Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is designed to help low-income high school students and potential first-generation college students pursue a higher education. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, ETS provides free programs and services designed to motivate, encourage, and prepare students to graduate from high school and continue on to pursue their postsecondary education.

  • ETS Free Services

    One-on-One Academic Advising

    ETS counselors meet with participants and review their transcripts to ensure that they are taking classes that fulfill the A-G Requirements set by the University of California and the California State University systems.

    College Campus Visits & Cultural Activities

    During the academic year, participants will have the opportunity to visit and tour colleges in or around Southern California. They will also have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities that will help to expand their interactions outside of their immediate living area. Transportation and other expenses are paid for by Educational Talent Search.

    Assistance with College Admissions & Financial Aid Applications

    Counselors offer assistance when parents/participants fill out college admission and financial aid forms. Counselors also remind participants about important deadlines (SAT/ACT, college admissions, financial aid, etc.).

    Summer Program

    ETS's offers its participants an opportunity to participate in a summer residential program where they will have the chance to experience "college life" by living in the UCR residence halls. During their stay they will participate in academic enrichment activities and continue to learn about the college-going process.


    ETS works closely with school sites to ensure that students' tutoring needs are being met by the provided school site resources, and also provides referrals to educational services.


    Each year, ETS sends out two newsletters to participants and their families with important information such as: college application deadlines, admission requirements, financial aid information, upcoming events and more.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for ETS, you must:

    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • Be considered low-income per federal income guidelines and/or neither one of your parents/guardians have a college degree.
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in academic classes.
    • Be interested in pursuing a higher education.
    • Attend one of the following high schools served by ETS:
      • Arroyo Valley High
      • Pacific High
      • San Bernardino High
      • San Gorgonio High
  • Participating High Schools

    Arroyo Valley High School
    School Contact: Mrs. Beckles, Counseling

    Pacific High School
    School Contact: Mrs. Lindsay
    Career Center

    San Bernardino High
    School Contact: Mrs. Knick, Career Center

    Indian Springs
    School Contact:
    Mr. Torres, Career Center

Apply for ETS

Please complete the ETS application and either give it to the ETS contact at your high school or mail it to:

Office of TRIO Programs
ATTN: Hector Navarrete
1228 Student Services Building
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521

Questions? Contact us:

900 University Ave
1228 Student Services Building
Riverside, CA 92521

ATTN. Hector Navarrete
Hector Navarrete
Assistant Director
Educational Talent Search
(951) 827-7863