Educational Talent Search at Minnesota State Mankato Receives $1.9 million, 5-year grant from U.S. Department of Education

September 24, 2021 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the Educational Talent Search program at Minnesota State University, Mankato $1.9 million in funding for the five-year grant cycle that began Sept. 1.

Educational Talent Search, which has been housed on the Minnesota State Mankato campus since 1985, serves 694 students from sixth through 12th grade in 13 target schools in the southern Minnesota Region.

Educational Talent Search, a Federal TRIO program, is specifically designed to serve students who are from first generation and/or low-income families by assisting them in successfully completing high school and entering a program of postsecondary education.

The program serves students and families and focuses on academic success as well as career and college readiness.

Minnesota State Mankato is one of four colleges or universities in Minnesota with Educational Talent Search programs. The others are the College of St. Scholastica, St. Olaf College and Century College.

For more information, please contact Nancy Sprengeler, director, Educational Talent Search at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5175 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,604 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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