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Bridging the Gap

How US Federal Department of Education funding bridges the gap for students identified as first generation and low income in the state of PA

While Federally Funded TRIO Talent Search programs have been in existence since 1965, Penn State University has spent over three decades rethinking how to meet first generation and low income students in their communities through the use of digital technology, social media recruitment strategies and secondary promotion counselors located in eight of the neediest districts across the state.


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December 2018
Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not.

About the innovation

The drive for educational equality.

The Penn State Talent Search Program assists over 2,000 students in eight of the neediest public school systems across the Commonwealth in matriculating to post secondary education through data driven educational interventions at a success rate significantly higher than the national average. In order to produce college ready students the program is constantly embracing new technology, changing their curriculum and engaging with program stakeholders through developing communications channels.

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