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TRIO Talent Search

Group of TRIO Talent Search participants at St. Scholastica

TRIO Talent Search logoTRIO Talent Search is a federally funded, pre-college outreach program hosted by The College of St. Scholastica and is FREE to all participants. TRIO Talent Search motivates and supports students in grades 6-12 as they complete high school and continue into post-secondary education. This early intervention program assists students to better understand their post-secondary educational options and to pursue their educational goals.


Participants and parents receive information on academic, career, and college planning, including financial aid resources and school applications. Program staff provide grade-level specific workshops, take students on campus visits, and encourage participants to remain focused on their personal academic and career goals.

Who we serve

TRIO Talent Search was established at The College of St. Scholastica in 1998 and serves over 560 participants annually. We work in partnership with the following schools:

  • Cloquet Middle School
  • Cloquet High School
  • Cromwell-Wright School
  • Denfeld High School (Duluth, Minn.)
  • Floodwood School
  • Lincoln Park Middle School (Duluth, Minn.)


  • Students must be in grades 6-12 and attend one of our target schools
  • Two-thirds of students must be low income and first generation (neither parent with a 4-year degree) college students
  • One-third of students can be either low income, first generation or neither
  • Students must be interested in attending college and learning more about possible careers
  • Final determination based on openings available

Interested in Joining?

Fill out the online application now. You can also apply (or get more information) by contacting the Talent Search advisor or guidance counselor at your school.

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Contact us

TRIO Talent Search
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth MN 55811-4199

Carol Nelson
Administrative Assistant
(218) 723-6186

Denfeld High School and Cloquet High School
Kirsten Walker
(218) 723-5952

Cloquet High School, Cloquet Middle School and Cromwell-Wright School
James Hoppe
Assistant Director
(218) 723-6130

Floodwood School and Lincoln Park Middle School
Lisa LaCore
(218) 723-6331