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The Utilization of Talent Program, authorized by Section 408 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is concerned with the identification, motivation, and encouragement of qualified youths of exceptional financial need to complete high school and, hopefully, to pursue post-secondary education. In accordance with the objectives of Contracts to Encourage the Full Utilization of Educational Talent, forty-two contracts have been awarded to institutions of higher education, state scholarship commissions, boards of education, and non-profit organizations for the purpose of initiating talent searches designed to identify and counsel students on further educational training, to publicize information on available financial aid and educational opportunities, and to encourage high school and college dropouts of demonstrated aptitude to re-enter educational programs.

The projects funded support activities in a number of areas: they establish working relationships with high school and college dropouts, evening division students, and adult dropouts as well as with matriculated students at the secondary school and college level all of whom require informed and systematic encouragement in order to undertake further education.


For the information of the educational community interested in submitting proposals for consideration for funding in fiscal year 1967, the following abstracts of projects approved in fiscal year 1966 have been prepared.

All inquiries for further information regarding the guidelines for proposals should be directed to the Program Staff, Educational Talent Section, Bureau of Higher Education, U.S. Office of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.


Golden Gate College

San Francisco

A Project "To Identify, Inform, Encourage, and Assist Qualified Youths of Exceptional Financial Need to Undertake Post-Secondary Education and to Encourage College Dropouts of Demonstrated Aptitude to Undertake Educational Programs," will emphasize a program of personal contact with youths from financially limited families and from minority groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. A project coordinator will actively seek out youths from poverty areas and neighborhood centers in order to counsel these youths regarding post-secondary educational opportunities commensurate with their needs and abilities.

Mr. Leonard H. Hildebrandt

Cooperative Education


Golden Gate College

220 Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco, California


Telephone: (415) 775-5774

Plan of Action for Challenging Times

San Francisco

Project "San Francisco Bay Area Education Opportunity Clearinghouse," proposes to establish a clearinghouse to provide educational services, including guidance and financial aid information, for the disadvantaged students in the six county San Francisco Bay Area. With the cooperation of high school and college administrators and community groups in the area, the agency will identify talented, needy students and dropouts, encourage them to undertake further education, and publicize financial aid information.

Mr. Harold Jones


San Francisco Bay Area


2999 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California

Telephone: (415) 848-6701


Cooperative Program

for Educational Opportunity


New Haven

The Contractor, a consortium of the 15 institutions in the Seven Sister and Ivy League Conferences, is founded on the principle that students of high ability and extreme financial need require sustained personal reinforcement to pursue opportunities in higher education. In order to expand present communication methods, including telephone and mail, CPEO will send representatives into various low-income areas throughout the country to provide on-thespot encouragement.

CPEO will identify qualified students of exceptional financial need and assist these youths to learn about, and secure admission to, institutions of higher education that are commensurate with the applicants' abilities. Students identified by this process may attend institutions other than those represented by CPEO. In addition, the major emphasis of this activity will be upon students of minority group extraction and from rural areas.

Mr. Charles E. McCarthy, Jr.

Cooperative Program for

Educational Opportunity

218 Prospect Street

New Haven, Connecticut


Telephone: (203) 787-3131

Ext. 2364


Clark College

"Student Identification and Encouragement for Post-Secondary School Opportunities," will seek to identify financially needy, talented 10th-12th grade youths in the rural communities of Georgia (populations under 25,000) and in high schools of adjacent states. A number of centers, established throughout the State, will be used to conduct individual and group conferences with the identified students and with their parents and teachers in order to encourage the students' pursuit of post-secondary education. Information on the program will be publicized, and financial aid brochures will be prepared and distributed throughout the State.

Dr. Edward James Brantley
Director of Admissions and
Institutional Research
Clark College

Atlanta, Georgia


Telephone: (404) 522-5013

University of Georgia


Project "Find and Inform Talent," will be concerned with the selection of a group of needy, able students nominated by high school counselors throughout Georgia who will be provided with intensive counseling on educational opportunities and sources of financial aid. A coordinating council will arrange meetings for the identified students, their parents, and counselors, and will disseminate information on all post-secondary institutions in Georgia and in neighboring states. Subsequently, names of the students so identified

will be sent to these institutions, and follow-up student visits to these campuses will be planned.

Mr. John J. Sullivan

Institute of Higher Education

302A Candler Hall

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia 30601

Telephone: (404) 542-3465


Honolulu Council of Social Agencies


"Educational Guidance and Opportunities," will provide disadvantaged youths of exceptional financial need with coordinated vocational and educational planning at the secondary school level. The project will also create a clearinghouse administered by various community agencies and the University of Hawaii to serve as a center for information on post-high school training programs and financial aids. The program will involve the preparation of an analysis of the problems encountered by disadvantaged youths in obtaining a post-secondary education. This information subsequently will be distributed to secondary and post-secondary schools.

Mrs. Annabelle C. Fong
567 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Telephone: (808) 512-564

72-953 O-67-8

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