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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 2018-2019 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.


S.T.E.A.M Academy
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math

Fun, exciting and hands-on learning!

When: June 10-14
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: Southeastern Community College
Who: Rising 9th-10th graders

Lunch will be provided.

How to apply: Apply at school with your guidance counselor or through Educational Talent Search Counselors.

Students need to provide:

  • Copy of academic transcript/report card
  • Completed Educational Talent Search application (unless student is already an ETS participant)

Deadline to apply: June 6, 2019


Doris Joseph

Director/Talent Search

(910) 788-6394

A Building, Room 224B

Beverly Ballard

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6212

A Building, room 226A

Odell Graham

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6213

A Building, room 226

Robin Patterson

Talent Search Counselor

(910) 788-6278

A Building, room 226A