Project Discovery ~ Talent Search is a college access program serving low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Our program encourages middle and high school students to stay in school and graduate while providing the resources to help them transition to a post-secondary education.
We provide focused guidance programs and innovative educational opportunities that
assist students in completing their secondary school education and moving forward
to a college educational program of their choice. We wish to see every student in
Western North Carolina graduate from high school and those who have the desire and
drive to complete a post-secondary education.
More than 99% of our students graduate from high school, and nearly 80% enroll in college. Compared to 38% of their less advantaged peers. Of our alumni, at least 50% of them will graduate from college, while only 11% of their less advantaged peers who attend college will graduate. We also serve high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter school and complete their education.
We serve the Western North Carolina region and the Qualla Boundary with partnerships in the following schools:
Project Discovery is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and hosted by Western Carolina University.
There's more to each student than just test scores and we believe experiential learning helps foster positive growth.
Available for students in 6th-12th grade, our program helps build strong educational habits that set them up to obtain their college dreams. Our curriculum varies from grade to grade but includes career exploration, college visits, service learning, and outdoor adventures.
Ready to experience the most rockin', hippest college access program around?
Great! Applying is easy but we do have a limited number of spots and they fill up quickly. Don't dismay, every year we enroll over 120 new students. Call us for more information: 1.877.402.3130
The Project Discovery Staff is dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams.
We believe education can be fun, that learning by experience can help you in the classroom and that the sky is truly the limit. We are a small team who is here to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Have you been a part of Project Discovery? We'd love to hear from you! Send us an email of what you're up to, with your name, graduating class and what's going on in your life.