BLACKSBURG, Va., April 27, 2012 – Virginia Tech's Educational Talent Search will recognize 30 of the region's young scholars during the Talent Search Students of the Year banquet, to be held in Hillcrest Hall on the university’s campus on Thursday, May 24, at 6:15 p.m.
The students to be honored have been selected from the middle schools and high schools in southwest, central, and southern Virginia that are served by Virginia Tech’s Educational Talent Search program.
The guest speaker for the event will be Tom Wilson, director of Talent Search and Upward Bound at Virginia Tech since 1999. On June 1, Wilson will retire from a 30-year Virginia Tech career focused on helping middle- and high-school students attend college.
Educational Talent Search is a federally funded educational opportunity program designed to encourage potential first-generation college students to graduate from high school and attend college. Counselors from Virginia Tech work in middle schools and high schools to help students improve their grades, cultivate academic interests, and plan for a college education.
Talent Search of the Year honorees are chosen for academic performance, participation in program activities, visits to colleges, and commitment to the goals of the program. The awards will be presented by program counselors Joe Lyle, Henrietta Marshall, and Sarah Umbarger-Wells.
Talent Search and Upward Bound are administered jointly as part of Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs. Thousands of students have benefited from services offered by the programs since Upward Bound was established at the university in 1967 and Talent Search in 1973. Participating students are much more likely to graduate from college than they would be without the help they receive from these programs.
These are the 2012 Talent Search Students of the Year and their schools.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.