Talent Search

Talent Search (FOCUS)

Seminole State College's FOCUS/Educational Talent Search, which has been assisting students in this area since 1991, is an academic enrichment program you can join at your school. It is part of the TRiO Programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. During the school year your FOCUS/Educational Talent Search advisor will visit your school and meet with participants either in groups or individually. Talent Search serves students from the sixth through the twelfth grades. Our main purpose is to help students stay in and graduate from high school then proceed to some form of postsecondary education.


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What is Educational Talent Search (FOCUS)?

educational programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  These programs were started in order to provide  educational opportunity to all Americans regardless of race, ethnic, background, or economic circumstance.  The programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.   Program serves students from the sixth through the twelfth grades.  Our main purpose is to help students stay in and graduate from high school then proceed to some form of post secondary education.

  • Bowlegs
  • Butner
  • Earlsboro
  • Justice
  • Maud
  • McLoud
  • Macomb
  • New Lima
  • Paden
  • Sasakwa
  • Seminole
  • Shawnee
  • Strother
  • Tecumseh
  • Varnum
  • Wewoka


The Seminole State College Talent Search West Project is 100% federally funded in the amount of $277,375 annually. 

How do we serve students?

,  we conduct workshops each month to assist students with the following subjects: study skills, test-taking strategies, life skills, college and career.  We also provide campus tours, and evening financial aid workshops for parents and students.  In addition  we provide academic workshop materials and handouts to participants.

FOCUS also offers free online and in person tutoring to participants in all subjects. For more information, please contact the FOCUS Office at 405-382-9703.

  most activities are done in groups; seniors have both group workshops and individual appointments with our advisors. We consider the needs of seniors - getting to college and applying for financial aid - to be a top priority.

What happens in the FOCUS /Educational Talent Search meetings?

Your FOCUS/Educational Talent Search Advisors conduct workshops and activities that provide you with valuable information - but in fun ways. Not only do you learn about college, careers, study skills, and life skills, you improve your interpersonal skills by interacting with others.

How can FOCUS /Educational Talent Search help me?

FOCUS/Educational Talent Search can provide you with the tools you need for a successful education and career. 

What if you...

  • Don't know how to study? We will show you how to develop good study habits you'll use for years to come.
  • Are unsure about how to apply for college? We can help you with the the application process.
  • Don't know how you will pay for college? We will assist you in finding sources of financial aid.
  • Are confused about what career you want to pursue?  We can help you match your interests and abilities with a caree that's right for you!

How can I join FOCUS/Educational Talent Search?

You must complete an application and attend one of the following schools: Bowlegs, Butner, Earlsboro, Justice, Maud, McLoud, Macomb, New Lima, Paden, Sasakwa, Seminole, Shawnee, Strother, Tecumseh, Varnum, Wewoka

You can fill out the application online here.

or complete the pdf form here, print and return to our office.

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FOCUS students: We want to remind you that you have access to FREE, 24/7 online tutoring​.  You can either go to www.tutor.com/focus or download the Tutor.com To Go app.  

For Focus Students Only: Your username is your lastname.firstname.  The password is SSCFOCUS.  

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In person tutoring is also available for FOCUS /Educational Talent Search participants. More information can be be found by contacting Director of FOCUS /Educational Talent Search, Mary Ann Hill, at m.hill@sscok.edu or 405-382-9703.

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Past Workshops

2022 Workshop Highlights

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Helpful Links

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Financial Aid Information

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Career Information

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Meet our staff

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Contact Talent Search:

Phone: (405) 382-9705
Room 109
Scott Building
Seminole State College
P.O. Box 351 Seminole, OK 74818

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm