Welcome to the TRIO Talent Search Program

Now Accepting Applications. Sign Up [TBA] 

Program Overview
The Talent Search Program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary institution of their choice. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the post-secondary educational institution of their choice.
Mission Statement
Talent Search is a federally funded program designed to identify and assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (low-income and first-generation) who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary institution of their choice.
Participating High Schools
Alice High School Orange Grove High School Premont High School San Diego High School

Program Services

  • Academic, financial, and career counseling including advice on entry or reentry to secondary or post-secondary programs
  • Career exploration
  • Tutorial services
  • Information on post-secondary education assistance
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Student must be a first-generation student
  • Student must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Income guidelines must be met by student's guardians
  • Student must be enrolled in 8th-12th grades
  • Student must have potential and desire for academic success
Please complete the application and return it to the TRIO Talent Search Alice staff. Spaces are limited so apply TODAY! [TBA]
Please view the video down below and complete the scavenger hunt when you are finished.

For Academic Tutoring & Test Prep:

Email Brenda Burger to schedule your tutoring session at:

Please let Brenda know that you are with Coastal Bend College TRIO Talent Search, your full first and last name, grade level, and the subject for tutoring.

Things to Know:
* Tutoring needs to be scheduled 48 hours in advance.
* If you do not show up this hour is still being deducted.
* If you need to cancel a tutoring session, it must be no less than 48 hours in advance.

For Free Tutoring Photo Study:

Website: https://student.photostudy.co/Mobile App: PhotoStudy-Live Study Help

PhotoStudy Demo Video

Once we ceate your account you can log in through the website or mobile app. To log in you will choose the "Preset Account" option and enter your personal email address.

photostudy preset account

 Instantly connect to a study expert in seconds:

1. Snap a pic of your problem. Each chat session is for one problem.
2. Connect to a study expert tutor for a personalized, 10-minute chat session.
3. Access your complete tutoring chat session history whenever you need a quick review.

Trio Points 1

Coastal Bend College TRIO


Username: is your first name. your last name (For example: Veronica.Barbosa)
Password: is standard coastalbend. (Please change your password once you have logged in.)
IMPORTANT: Make sure you capitalize where indicated!

Note: Some usernames may require "1" a the end of your username. (For example: Veronica.Barbosa1)

Try this if the first method does not work for you.

To set up an account:

  • Username: you will use your personal email
  • Password: is your first initial and your last name combined with a number and special character. (For example: VBarbosa1*).

Important: Make sure you capitalize where indicated.

Schedule TSI Testing

Please click and complete the forms on the links below and your advisor will contact you.

Trio TSI Voucher

Trio TSI Pre-Assessment [TBA]-Once completed please email a copy of your TSI Pre-Assessment Certificate to your TRIO Advisor and to cbcproctor@coastalbend.edu

Trio TSI Acknowledgement Form

TSI Assessment Request Form 

*Please make sure you have a valid form of identification when testing.


We pay for your ACT testing!  

Students can received up to 2 waivers throughout high school.  

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for ACT testing at their high school. If a student is needing an ACT voucher please email dsoliz@coastalbend.edu  

2023-2024 Test Dates 

Test Date 

Regular Registration Deadline 

Late Registration Deadline 

Late Fee Applies 

Standby Deadline 

Photo Upload Deadline 

July 13, 2024

June 7 June 21 July 5



The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. The redesigned FAFSA has significantly less questions to answer and more students could qualify for the PELL grant. This is a key step in the college admission process and we are here to help. We are now taking appointments for FAFSA assistance. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment for FAFSA assistance, please click here.


Still need help?



Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

704 Coyote Trail
Room 107, 129, 129C
Alice, TX 78332



361-664-2981 x3081



Deborah Lovewell



Talent Search Staff
Veronica Barbosa
Barbosa, Veronica
Project Director, TRIO Talent Search, Alice
361-664-2981 X 3087
Juan Cavazos
Cavazos, Juan
Success Coach TRIO Talent Search, Alice
361-664-2981 X 3044
Jacob Salinas
Salinas, Jacob
Success Coach
361-664-2981 X 3094
Deborah Lovewell
Lovewell, Deborah
Administrative Assistant TRIO Talent Search, Alice
361-664-2981 X 3081