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Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is federally funded by the United States Department of Education to serve 6th – 12th-grade students in Columbus County. The purpose of the program is to encourage participants to graduate from high school and continue to complete postsecondary education. Free supportive services include career, academic, and financial literacy counseling, exposure to college campuses, cultural enrichment activities, assistance with:

  • college entrance exam preparation,
  • financial aid applications,
  • and college admissions applications.


Application Process

Students currently attending schools served by Southeastern Community College ETS that are interested in becoming ETS participants should contact either their guidance counselor or the ETS office directly.

To complete an application online, click on the link below.

2023-2024 ETS Application (Middle + High School Students)

Tutoring Information

Current ETS participants interested in receiving free tutoring should contact their coordinator immediately to make this request. All tutoring must be pre-approved by the ETS office.


  • Central Middle School
  • East Columbus High School
  • Evergreen Middle School
  • South Columbus High School
  • Tabor City Middle School
  • West Columbus High School
  • Whiteville High School


LaKasha Best

Director of Educational Talent Search

(910) 788-6394

A-Building, Room 224-B

Beverly Ballard

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6212

A Building, Rm 223

Dwayne Bryant

Counselor, Educational Talent Search

(910) 788-6307

A-Building, Rm 223