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Educational Talent Search serves 850 students in Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools. Free supportive services include tutoring and mentoring; personal, career, academic, and financial literacy counseling; exposure to college campuses and cultural enrichment activities; and assistance with college entrance exam preparation, financial aid 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.
Click here for 2019-2020 Application

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
  • Chadbourn Middle School
  • East Columbus High School
  • Hallsboro Middle School
  • South Columbus High School
  • Tabor City Middle School
  • West Columbus High School
  • Whiteville High School


  • Monday – Thursday
    • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday
    • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Educational Talent Search is funded 100% by the Department of Education with a budget of $437,369 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  


Doris Joseph

Director/Talent Search

(910) 788-6394

A Building, Room 224B

Beverly Ballard

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6212

A Building, room 226A

Robin Patterson

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6278

A Building, room 226A